West London’s Slip 'n' Slide was one of the UK’s original House imprints. Starting in 1994 with early releases and remixes from artists such as Blaze, Deep Dish, X-Press 2, King Britt, Masters At Work, Kings Of Tomorrow and Restless Soul, it set the benchmark for house music in the UK and gave a platform to artists who then went on to become all-time greats. This series revisits some of Slip ‘n’ Slide’s standout releases, gleefully wading through the entire musical history of the label, blowing the dust off those albums and singles that deserve another lease of life, and a place in your classic house collection.
‘I’m So Grateful’ sees Ray Roc (one half of New York duo Roc & Kato) at the controls of a set of reworks of this track from Kings Of Tomorrow. His Master Mix has all the hallmarks of a mid-90s garage classic – an anthemic piano line, a powerful vocal, nagging organ stabs and an epic duration. His ‘Dub-Strumental’ strips the track back to the groove, Ray Roc To The Beats does what it says on the tin, and the ‘Key-apella Blend’ separates out the vocal, piano and bassline for DJs to get creative with. The release is completed with Angel Moraes providing a pair of tauter, more driving versions, whilst Joey Negro’s re-edit remains faithful to the original to begin with, before venturing into more abstract tangents in its latter half.