Fabulously inventive in its wordplay and sonic world-building, Kool Keith and Dan The Automator’s ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’ pushed hip-hop to weird places.
Following a turbulent end to the Sixties, The Rolling Stones began the era that has subsequently defined their career with Southern rock-inventing masterwork ‘Sticky Fingers’.
Out of step with its time, The Flamin’ Groovies’ 1971 album ‘Teenage Head’ ended their first, less famous iteration with obscurity, but has become an alt-rock classic.
A low-key album of pop, dub and rap experimentation, ‘Gorillaz’ is a compelling but imperfect origin story of one of music’s most enduring bands.
One of the most perfectly realised and presented albums of all time, Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ is the cornerstone of their massive popularity and enduring legacy.
Sophisticated and cool but also hedonistic and primal, Underworld’s ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’ is one of British dance music’s finest album-length achievements.
The ornate, orchestrated folk and jazzy details of 1971’s ‘Bryter Layter’ are at odds with Nick Drake’s image and legacy, but an important part of his story.
Released in 1981, ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ remains a landmark in the evolution of sampling and production.
Passing under the radar slightly at the time and comparatively unloved since, ‘The King Of Limbs’ deserves re-evaluation.
A commercial phenomenon that boosted the paradigm of the confessional singer-songwriter, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ turns 50.