Torque
Torque

Nico / Ed Rush / Trace

Torque

March 10, 1997

Jungle/Drum'n'Bass

Drum'n'bass label No U-Turn's first compilation is the definitive techstep album. Characterized by hard breakbeats, industrial buzzsaw bass, and dystopian themes, this is harsh, direct, commanding music which hasn't lost an ounce of power since it came out two decades ago. As the sample on "Amtrack" says, "Here is a group trying to accomplish one thing. That is, to get to the future."

- Paul Simpson

Throwing Muses [1986]
Throwing Muses [1986]

Throwing Muses

Throwing Muses [1986]

September, 1986

Alternative Pop/Rock

A startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh's mercurial voice and lyrics, Throwing Muses' self-titled 1986 debut takes twists and turns guided purely by the emotions within its songs and held together by the band's elastic playing. The album's effortless shifts and boundless intensity make it as thrilling now as it was then.

- Heather Phares