My 5 favorite Sonic Youth albums with different moods:
1984 ‘Bad Moon Rising’: Raw, Noisey and the first album done soley with re-tuned guitars
1987 ‘Sister’: melodic with very experimental harmonies
1988 ‘Daydream Nation’: just perfect. Disturbing and redempting at the same time. Harmonies you never heard before. “Even the dark side will be allright” kind of vibe when you hear it in whole on LSD. You might call this the ‘White Album’ of the 80’s
1990 ‘Goo’ : again, just perfect. A bit more humorous and compact than ‘DN’.
1995 ‘Washing Machine’, imho the most psychedelic album by S.Y.
I think acts like Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method and the more moody tracks of the Prodigy (i.e. Narayan, Climbatize on FOTL) go towards funky-emphatic. Some of BT’s songs do too. ‘Toy Garden’ by Helios reminds me a bit of BT’s ‘This Binary Universe’.