10) THE BEASTIE BOYS – CHECK YOUR HEAD (1992) 

I love the way it all sits together. It’s a double album that never drops momentum. The mixture of the raw scratching and samples with band picking up their instruments again is really exciting and the production’s so explosive. I had no idea they were such good players. It throws up loads of surprises from a return to punk and hardcore on Time For Livin’ to MCA’s killer fuzz bass on Gratitidue, and psyched out jams like Lighten Up and the soulful Something’s Got To Give. The sounds are great, tracks like So What’cha Want are so heavy. Money Mark on keys is brilliant too. They’d reinvented themselves again since Paul’s Boutique. What they did on Jimmy James sampling and transforming Hendrix records inspired us to do I.5.C.A. Is it a hip hop record – A soulful punk record?! I dunno. Whatever genre it is, it’s such a cool album. 

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