SlipmattBreaking Free / Hear Me

Label:Awesome Records – SL021
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Breakbeat, Drum n Bass, Jungle


That Side
ABreaking Free5:41
This Side
AAHear Me7:23

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  • Written By, Producer, Mixed BySlipmatt


Also written at Awesome Studio, London.

From label:
Special thanks To: Mickey Finn, Grooverider, Devious D, Randall, Tango and all Awesome Crew.

Officially repressed in 2005, only difference being the addition of Slipmatts website to the label.

A Breaking Free samples Debbe Cole Feel Free (usapella)
AA Hear Me samples Elevation 4th - Walking.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (That Side): SL 021 A ∗ ‒ J.T.S. ‒ ∗
  • Matrix / Runout (This Side): SL 021 AA ‒ J.T.S. ‒

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Breaking Free / Hear Me (Remixes) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Awesome RecordsSL026UK1994
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Breaking Free / Hear Me (Remixes) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing, White Label)Awesome RecordsSL026UK1994
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Breaking Free / Hear Me (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label)Awesome RecordsSL 021UK1994
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Breaking Free / Hear Me (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing, White Label)Awesome RecordsSL021UK1994
Breaking Free / Hear Me (Remixes) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Universal Records (2)UNI 005UK1995



  • theguvofwythenshawe2's avatar
    As a few said, the rave scene here in the UK was still one. Hardcore and jungle (before it split and became jungle, drum 'n' bass and happy hardcore) was all one, all the DJ's played the music in no particular order and everybody danced regardless!

    I for one NEVER stuck to only just one post-94 onwards, I was listening and still do listen to hardcore and jungle!

    Back on topic, one of Slipmatt's timeless classics. Both quality tracks in one LP. "Breaking Free" is on the jungle side of things whereas the Elevation 4th's sampling "Hear Me" is on a slightly happier tip!

    Timeless classics!
    • alderaanic77's avatar
      People get too stuck on Genre's. I was 15/16 and buying tapes and collecting Flyers so to young to enjoy the wonders of raving/clubbing (how I longed to go to a Fantazia/Rez etc event). But as everyone knows 93/94 was a cross over period.And a lot of Tracks like this were a hybrid of both Hardcore Breaks/Jungle & Intelligent/Atmosphheric Drum & Bass. The fact is Breaking Free/Hear Me is an outstanding piece of Vinyl. And a true classic from the era.
      • ben.hayward.94's avatar
        Back when this was being played out nobody cared if it was called jungle or hardcore, jungle was hardcore. This tune was played by many great dj's on pirate radio back in the day...
        • freshuk's avatar
          The break in Breaking Free, still makes the hairs on my neck stand up..takes me straight back to the old days, bliss.
          • wotsawonder's avatar
            Best Tune he ever made!!!

            breaking free.
            • torsion's avatar
              One of Slipmatt's best releases. The "stretched" breakdown on Hear Me is pure quality. Nice cross between Happy Hardcore and Drum and Bass. Happy, yet slightly dark and little bit serious. Enjoy!
              • OllyRinseOut's avatar
                Massive piece of vinyl! Although Slipmatt is often called 'the godfather of hardcore' and went on to become a huge happy hardcore DJ, this is a very jungle influenced record.
                'Breaking Free' is a masterpiece of chopped up beats and has one of the ruffest basslines ever! Still played out to this day. The flipside 'Hear Me' is a slighty happier affair but still a quality tune. One of the first records i ever bought and one where both sides are killers!


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