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Two decades on: 12 albums that will still blow you away

1995 was a very, very decent year for dance music

  • MIxmag staff
  • 24 July 2015
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4 The Chemical Brothers 'Exit Planet Dust'

The origins of this album title lie in Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands' former moniker. At the beginning of '95 - called The Dust Brothers at the time - they found themselves in a legal tangle with the Los Angeles hip hop duo of the same name. They swapped 'dust' for 'chemical', soon giving a taste of their debut album with the chart-entering 'Leave Home', hitting number 17. "The brothers gunna work it out," the drilling cruncher chants. They sure did that, selling over a million copies of the LP worldwide and nailing a major label deal with Virgin. Wonder if they thought they'd be releasing album number eight in 2015 at the time?

5 Aphex Twin '...I Care Because You Do'

There are plenty of reasons why people were left wiping their drool when Aphex Twin's most recent album, 'Syro', was announced and this was one of them. The Cornish producer's third LP in 1995, the artwork, a freakish portrait of the man himself, may well be more memorable than the music. Not that we're turning our noses up at that - a mangled collection of fucked up synths and brutal drums with brilliantly British song titles like 'Come On You Slags!'. Stare at the album art while listening, we dare ya.

6 A Guy Called Gerald 'Black Secret Technology'

Seven years on from basically soundtracking the aciiiid-led 'Second Summer of Love' in 1988 with 'Voodoo Ray', Gerald Simpson's musical compass was directed firmly towards jungle. And didn't he do it well. Six months before Goldie released 'Timeless' and long before he picked up some film and TV credits via The World Is Not Enough and Eastenders, he lent a hand to AGCG on the beautifully crisp 'Energy'. Brit Award-winning vocalist Finley Quaye even caught a bit of jungle fever on - you guessed it - 'Finley's Rainbow (Slow Motion Mix)'. No wonder this album is so highly rated.

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