Dropping the needle and listening to the entirety of the guitar grinding, drug-fueled fever dream that is Dig Your Own Hole could lead one to consider that Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands – The Chemical Brothers – had recorded the greatest electronic album of the ’90s.
Cited as one of the best records of the nineties by most major music publications and included in Time Magazine’s list of greatest albums of all time, one of the keys to the resounding impact of DJ Shadow’s Entroducing can be found in the title of one of its less substantial cuts, a 43-second interlude entitled “Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96”. It kind of did.
While some who see themselves as serious music collectors may hold the compilation album in low esteem, its value should never be underestimated. Often a compilation album’s true worth lies in its ability to bring difficult-to-find music to a wider audience.