SL2On A Ragga Tip

Label:XL Recordings – XLT-29
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Damont Pressing
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore, Acid


A1On A Ragga Tip (Original Mix)5:11
A2Pleasure (Original Mix)4:05
AA1Changing Trax (Original Mix)5:00
AA2Bassquake (Plus 8 Mix)4:26

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℗&© XL Recordings 1992

Finished at New Age Productions Studio
Published by Momentum Music
Made in England

Track A1 Samples:
Vocal from Jah Screechie - Walk and Skank

Track A2 samples:
Vocal & piano from On The House - Pleasure Control

Track AA1 samples:
Piano from Sweet D - Thank Ya
Vocal from Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
Breakbeat from Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon

There are known copies with the "AA" Label on both sides of the vinyl.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 012093 502960
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etchings side A): XLT 29 A¹ 2 DAMONT 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etchings side AA): XLT 29 AA¹ 2 DAMONT 1

Other Versions (5 of 24)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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On A Ragga Tip (CD, Single)XL RecordingsXLS-29CDUK1992
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On A Ragga Tip / Changing Trax (7", 45 RPM)XL RecordingsXLS-29UK1992
On A Ragga Tip (CD, Maxi-Single)Blow Up, XL RecordingsINT 825.948Germany1992
On A Ragga Tip (12", 45 RPM)Torso DanceTorso 12219Netherlands1992
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On A Ragga Tip (CD, Maxi-Single)Torso DanceCD 219Netherlands1992



  • GoodNF's avatar
    It seems to me that "On A Ragga Tip" samples the riddim of Smiley Culture's 1984 ragga hit "Police Officer".
    Smiley Culture / The Reprobates - Police Officer / Participation Two.
    • djemmay's avatar
      I’ve just read on James Masterton’s UK chart commentary for week ending 15th February 1997 (when the remixes charted at number 31), that upon it’s first release in 1992 it ‘attracted unlikely praise from none other than Paul McCartney’.
      • DJ-SMiDDY's avatar
        Sat in a scaffold lighting rig with a vision mixing engineer slightly worse for wear over the top of Legendary rave in Warrington - looking right down on a packed warehouse going absolutely nuts for Ragga Tip. Agree it comes 3rd in order of best tunes on the ep. So what does that tell you - SL2 were massive back then !!!
        • Wickedmarkonwax's avatar
          Bassquake and pleasure my preferred tracks of this EP .
          • tjroadshow's avatar
            Happy times , Exodus free "do" , 4AM , disused warehouse next to junction 13 - M1 , 1000's of ravers , time travel back there whenever I hear this iconic tune !!!
            • Percystash77's avatar
              Edited 8 years ago
              nice little tune
              • yellow_roland's avatar
                I've a copy here with same labels but "MPO" etched into run-outs (not DAMONT) and the run-out is within an inch of labels (DAMONT release has greater dead wax space) although tracks still cut at 33.
                • recordmania4's avatar
                  early rave tracks
                  • djdom1uk's avatar
                    Edited 10 years ago
                    There doesn't seem to be any credit in the original versions for the sample from the following (1984) release (which was re-issued in 1992):


                    There is a credit in the '97 release though, which is how I discovered this!
                    • JJ_Amblin's avatar
                      On A Ragga Tip built nicely on the ragamuffin (or even ska!) styling of SL2's previous smash "Way In My Brain" and the memorable hook helped it get to number 2 in the UK singles chart without denting SL2's credibility too much. The third man on the recording was one MC Screechy, who some years later was discovered to be working as a mechanic at a London bus depot.


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