Fabulously inventive in its wordplay and sonic world-building, Kool Keith and Dan The Automator’s ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’ pushed hip-hop to weird places.
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.
Mark Linkous’s first Sparklehorse album, ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’ is split between spacy folk-rock and scuffed, lo-fi indie.
One of the most challenging and avant-garde albums from a major artist of all time, Scott Walker’s malevolent ‘Tilt’ turns 25 years old.
Often overlooked in his groundbreaking catalogue, ‘…I Care Because You Do’ shows Aphex Twin in transition.
25 years on, Tricky’s dense, paranoid and beautiful debut album ‘Maxinquaye’ feels like an avenue that artists are only just starting to explore.
The band’s third and (to date) final album of original material, 1999’s ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ acted as a course corrective for Rage Against The Machine.
A magnum opus of masterful, conceptual songwriting spanning a bewildering number of genres, ’69 Love Songs’ by The Magnetic Fields has not been surpassed.
With the addition of Darren Emerson and the release of 1994’s seminal ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’, Underworld went from has-beens to pioneers.
The greatest hip-hop album of the Nineties according to many, Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) took the underground to the mainstream in 1993.