Racial activism within music isn’t a modern phenomenon, it has been there since the artform’s inception. In the late 1800s, marginalized African-American communities invented the Blues largely as an expression of their subjugation.
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.
The Technics SL-1200 turntable could be considered the most influential piece of audio technology in modern history. With a legacy of artistic inspiration spanning five decades, its broadcast-quality build, authentic sound and ability to facilitate beat-mixing helped birth rap, hip hop and the modern disc jockey.