Big Beat

Big Beat is commonly understood to have its origins in the UK in the early 1990s which fuse together Breakbeat rhythms, commonly loops from popular music with heavily distorted basslines, and typical synths from the 1990s.

The phrase came from the duo Big Bang who during an interview described their sound as Big Beat leading to the article title “Big Bang in Clubland.  Could BIG BEAT be the 1989 answer to ACID HOUSE?”

The style achieved create commercial success with producers such as The Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, The Chemical Brothers and Cut La Roc to name a few.  The main reason for their commercial success was the Pop nature of the songs, being short, with a distinct chorus and verse structure with lyrics, and, especially in the USA, the heavy rock influence and samples used attributed to the success of Big Beat.

The style is no longer attributed to any releases, having faded by the turn of the 21st century, but was seen as an important genre as it blended rock and club music and gave rise to greater appreciation of both genres.

 

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