Our mix survey of the best albums of the 1980s hits 40-21.

You know the drill by now: following on from our comprehensive rundown of the 100 best albums of the 1980s, we’ve been posting an easily digestible twenty-track mix every day this week, curated by a different member of our editorial staff.

Part four, selected by Chal Ravens, surveys a selection of the records running 40-21. Alongside some well-worn classics (Surfer Rosa, Straight Outta Compton, Ambient 4: On Land), it’s a bracket that includes the likes of Whitehouse, Julee Cruise, Desmond Simmons, Muslimgauze and Cleaners From Venus. Not your average mixtape, then. If you click on a track below, you can read more info on its respective full-length, and if you want to check the other mixes so far, part one can be found here part two is here, and part three is here.

01 Rites Of Spring – ‘Deeper Than Inside’
02 N.W.A – ‘If It Ain’t Ruff’
03 Massacre – ‘Legs’
04 Robert Wyatt – ‘The Age Of Self’
05 Boogie Down Productions – ‘9mm Goes Bang’
06 Pixies – ‘Broken Face’
07 Rapeman – ‘Up Beat’
08 Desmond Simmons – ‘Counterpane’
09 Whitehouse – ‘Ass-Destroyer’
10 Brian Eno – ‘Tal Coat’
11 Bernard Szajner – ‘Welcome (To Deathrow)’
12 Minutemen – ‘Viet Nam’
13 Jungle Brothers – ‘Straight Out The Jungle’
14 Half Japanese – ‘No Direct Line From My Brain To My Heart’
15 Muslimgauze – ‘Degage’
16 Napalm Death – ‘Prison Without Walls’
17 Felt – ‘Cathedral’
18 Big Daddy Kane – ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin”
19 Cleaners From Venus – ‘A Girl With Cars In Her Eyes’
20 Julee Cruise – ‘I Float Alone’



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