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there are only a couple of duffers on it as there are with any compilation album but overall an excellent collection of music that sent me back to the days when I first started going clubbing. No matter, though, because Imbruglia’s version remains ingratiating 20 years later: the melodramatic lyrics are karaoke gold, and its cheesy slide guitar solo still hits the spot. It’s full of all his usual genre-mashing brilliance ± techno, acid house, breakbeats, IDM — but fuelled by an immense groove, which is probably just James showing that he can make Top 20-bothering hits whenever he bloody well feels like it.

The result in this case is a lazy, hazy, luscious slice of ambient hip hop – a stoner’s sonic paradise, if you will – that you could happily leave on repeat without getting bored. All the cool kids will tell you that they were into Nirvana back in ’89 when they released Bleach on Sub Pop. A chart-topping smash in 1998, Hill’s seamless fusion of doo-wop and hip hop still sounds fresh today.At the heart of it all were Portishead, whose gloomy, brooding and often oppressive sound was a conspiracy of contradictions that defined ‘trip-hop’. Go' samples both '80s rock Tones on Tali's song of the same name, as well as soul singer Jocelyn Brown's r'n'b Hit Factory single from 1985, ' Love's Gonna Get You'. If you would like to book accessible seating, your account with the Cambridge Corn Exchange must have a tag applied to it. With its sultry male vocals, pristine beats and deep arrangement, it's far and away the most sought after record on the label's catalog.

Given the crowded field, we’ve been ultra-selective in compiling this all-bangers, no-clangers playlist and limited it to one song per artist. Like everyone else, they got into Nirvana the moment they heard the first ten seconds of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on the radio: Kurt Cobain’s dirty Boston-aping guitar riff exploding as Dave Grohl’s kit and Krist Novoselic’s bass smashed their way into the song and our collective consciousness.In England, Oasis and the rest of the Britpop lot left nearly as big a mark as Nirvana and the other Seattleites. You Oughta Know’, an expression of female rage so indelible it ’s even been covered by Beyoncé, is its most seminal moment and home to the classic lyric: ‘Would she go down on you in a theatre?

We could have picked a whole crop of Chems tracks: the club-dominating ‘ Hey Boy Hey Girl’, or their Britpop moment ‘ Let Forever Be’ or the endlessly funky ‘ Block Rockin’ Beats. Midnight Marauders’ cemented Tribe's jazz/hip-hop style, but two years prior, ‘The Low End Theory’ unleashed Tribe at its most dancefloor-friendly, with Q-Tip and Phife bringing the ruckus out the gate, then ceding the floor to up-and-comer Busta Rhymes, a 19-year-old wunderkind who would soon become hip-hop royalty. Every element is flawlessly placed, from soaring strings to Shara Nelson’s effortlessly powerful vocals to the wistful percussive bells that introduce the track – still capable of sending shivers down a few spines.It’s almost hard to believe, but years before DP started jamming with Pharrell and soundtracking catwalk shows they produced a whole album of blissful, banging house in ‘Homework’, the jewel in the crown of which was "Da Funk. Mixmag will use the information you provide to send you the Mixmag newsletter using Mailchimp as our marketing platform.

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