Underworld - "Born Slippy" (Singles Going Steady Classic)

by PopMatters Staff

28 April 2016

"Born Slippy" remains one of Underworld's most mesmerizing and uplifting slices of electronica

Pryor Stroud: Evolving from a cinematic skyscape to a piston-pumping house anthem, “Born Slippy” remains one of Underworld’s most mesmerizing and uplifting slices of electronica. Its effortless amalgamation of varying components—incantatory chanting, echoing synth pulses, thump-thump-thump drum machine programming—has since served as a template for countless producers working in a similar mode. [9/10]

Chad Miller: Starts off with some skipping synths and a cool echoing melody which is a really nice intro into the fun techno freak out (almost) in the middle, providing excellent rhythmic contrasts over the main beat. It survived the past 20 years pretty well too, still sounding relatively modern. You can definitely hear the influence this must have had on a lot of present-day music. [8/10]

Emmanuel Elone: “Born Slippy” is a pretty interesting electronic song. The groove, already pretty tight, becomes even better when the vocals come in, complementing the beat. Unlike modern electronic songs, the eventual drop takes far much longer and climbs more gradually, something that may turn off dubstep fans. That isn’t to say that the energy isn’t there; it just takes a while before it begins to bubble over. Very much a product of its time, “Born Slippy” is a pretty good track, and a must listen for anyone interested in the progression of the electronic music genre. [7/10]

Chris Ingalls: This is from the Trainspotting soundtrack, right? I mostly just listened to “Lust for Life” and “Mile End” when that album was big. I was never much into the genre, but man, this totally screams 1996. Slight, somewhat uneventful, but an interesting and not insignificant curio from a bygone era. I can’t in good conscience make a big deal out of this song, unless a ‘90s-themed dance party is in the works, in which case, go to town. [6/10]

SCORE: 7.50

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