Ed Rush and Optical – Wormhole
A friend of mine had some decks back in day when I was way too poor to be able to get records, let alone decks. One of the records of his that I loved the most was Wormhole. It was just perfect. I loved that record for so many reasons, but the thing that just jumped out at me was how real it sounded, it was like they had a drummer in the studio or something. I just could not work out how they got that sound. It was so underground, so left of centre and focused on what it was – my kind of music.
The Prodigy – Experience
One of the most ear-tingling and exciting albums I ever heard. When it first came out it was so ahead of its time. Light years! When I was a kid I had this album on a cassette, it was my favourite tape by far for a long time. I think my copy was missing the first half of the first tune and at the end of side two was a recording of a Prodigy live set from Radio 1. Every tune is like a part of me.
Dr Dre – The Chronic
When it comes to hip-hop I really grew up on a mixed bag of stuff that I could get my hands on through friends. I have to admit I was not the most dedicated of music collectors. I was into everything DJ Premier did and a lot of the East Coast sound, but The Chronic, from the producers’ point of view, is just an incredible sounding record. Even now, it’s timeless.
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
(Wild Bunch, 1991)
It took me about three hours of listening to music to decide on this record. Unfinished Sympathy, in a true descriptive Bristolian style and accent, is a tune! Vibes!
The Prodigy – Fat Of The Land
Putting two albums by one artist in a list of 5 tunes to sum up my favourite records of the 90s era might seem a little indulgent, but it’s my list and I love The Prodigy. My cuz Dan always says that The Prodigy’s music sounds like it’s been covered with some kind of diamond dust – I have to agree. You can tell that an incredible number of hours went into the record. I respect that and think it’s amazing.
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