- 2 Cover versions
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
"Starting out as a group of three, SL2 was originally a coming together of DJ's Matt "Slipmatt" Nelson, John "Lime" Fernandez and rap vocalist Jason "Jay-J" James. The SL2 name came from the founders initials - Slipmatt (S) and Lime (L), and as they were a duo - hence "SL2".
As youngsters in 80's Britain, they were very much into the hip hop scene before having their heads turned by the growing rave scene.
Their big break came in 1989 through Slipmatt's older brother, who was running the now legendary party-promoting organisation Raindance; they became the enterprise's resident DJs, playing parties all over the United Kingdom.
A year into touring with Raindance, SL2 released their debut single, "Do That Dance," through B-Ware Records which sold well to fans of the rave scene. Allegedly, the practices of the record label prevented the band from ever seeing any money. Subsequently, SL2 set up their own Awesome Records label, through which they first released another single, "DJ's Take Control". The record sold 3500 copies, attracting the attention of new dance label XL Recordings.
XL Recordings catapulted SL2 into the mainstream charts by re-releasing "DJ's Take Control" which became a number 11 hit in the UK charts. More success followed accompanied by two female rave/breakbeat dancers, Jo Millett (Lime's girlfriend at the time), and Kelly Overett (who would later go on to be a member of the Italian Eurodance act Cappella). The latter two appeared with Nelson, Fernandez & James in live shows and their videos.
"On A Ragga Tip" was released in 1992 through XL Recordings, and became their biggest hit to date spending 11 weeks in the UK charts. It number two and was their first song to chart across Europe. With new hit "Way In My Brain" charting later that year, disagreements within the group saw SL2 split up by the end of 1993.
In 1997, a remix of their biggest hit On A Ragga Tip re-entered the charts leading Slipmatt and Lime to reconvene. Although no new material was ever released, they do continue to DJ on a semi-regular basis. 
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|1991||"DJ's Take Control/Way In My Brain"||11||—||—||—|
|1992||"On A Ragga Tip"||2||42||3||2|
|"Way In My Brain (Remix)/Drumbeats"||26||—||23||27|
|1997||"On A Ragga Tip '97 (Remix)"||31||—||—||—|