You might remember us paying homage to albums released in 1995 last year, revisiting classics by The Chemical Brothers, Goldie and Moby among others. One year on, we thought we'd look back at records released in '96 and realised there was enough ammunition to load up and reminisce once again.
Aphex Twin and Tricky were riding high on form in the mid-90s, knocking out two stellar albums in two years, making it into this list with the 'Richard D. James Album' and 'Pre-Millennium Tension', respectively. The majority of albums in this list come from British artists - dealing in revved-up rave frequencies and scything techno - but there's still room for a sample-heavy hip hop masterpiece and an LP from one of America's finest rap outfits.
Get stuck in.