Chopstars DJ Slim K puts a purple touch on the best of New Edition for his latest Nice & Slow tape.

It appears the nostalgia bug has hit everyone recently with regards to New Edition. This past week, BET premiered its long-awaited New Edition biopic mini-series to great acclaim. Houston’s own Jett I. Masstyr dropped “N.E. Hard Beat” to pay homage to the legends. And new music from both Kehlani and Sevyn Streeter both sampled “If It Isn’t Love.”

Houston DJ Slim K is the latest to draw inspiration from the legendary R&B group. He lifts the best of New Edition – both their collective classics and some standout individual cuts, as well – for his newest Nice & Slow mixtape, Nice & Slow 52.5: New Edition Forever.

Sixteen tracks deep, Nice & Slow 52.5 isn’t as, um, sexually drenched as its predecessors Nice & Slow 51.5 and Nice & Slow 52relying instead on carefully selected chops and slowdowns to breathe new life into the old school. It comes right out the gate swinging by making “Can You Stand the Rain” even more slow dance worthy. Expected fare like”You’re Not My Kind of Girl,”  Johnny Gill’s “My My My” (the Chopped Not Slopped version should come with a Plan B pill on its own but alas), Bobby Brown’s “Roni,” and BBD’s “When Will I See You Smile Again” all make it onto Nice & Slow 52.5. 

But rather than go for all the usuals, Slim K mixes things up a bit and chooses some of the less-often cited songs as well. That means those somewhat, well, “new” to New Edition get the added bonus of being put onto Slim K slowed versions of “How Do You Like Your Love Served” and Johnny Gill’s “Giving All My Love to You.” I know, I know – you were expecting Chopped Not Slopped “If It Isn’t Love,” but that Slim K version of “Come Home With Me” is going to be pretty clutch for the winter.

Stream Slim K’s Nice & Slow 52.5: New Edition Forever tape for yourself down below and grab it now off the DJ’s Bandcamp page here.

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