Editors’ Notes Big beat—an expression of ’90s dance music at its most crowd-pleasingly boisterous—was always upfront about its intentions. Its philosophy was right there in the name: The bigger the beats, the better. Coldcut and M/A/R/R/S lay the foundation in the late ’80s, fusing acid house and turntablism with infectious hooks. By the mid ’90s, at club nights around the UK, DJs like Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers were bringing ravers and rockers together under the umbrella of the eclectic new sound. Big Beat’s early incarnation joined hip-hop breaks, rock guitars, and attention-grabbing vocals with a distinctly gonzo sensibility that helped entice American fans previously immune to electronic music’s allure. Long past the style’s chart-topping late-’90s heyday, its super-sized sonics helped pave the way for DFA’s dance/rock crossovers, French electro, and the ’10s EDM boom. Just like the Big Bang’s gravitational waves, ripples from big beat’s collision of rave, rap, rock, and pop keep spreading outward.

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Block Rockin' Beats
5:13
 
The Rockafeller Skank
6:53
 
Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
4:00
 
History Repeating (Knee Length Mix) [feat. Shirley Bassey]
4:02
 
Ooh la La
5:53
 
My Mate Paul
5:13
 
Casual Sub (Burning Spear) [45 Radio Edit]
3:41
 
Battleflag (feat. Pigeonhed)
5:39
 
I See You Baby
4:41
 
Praise You
5:23
 
Dog in the Piano (Dirty Edit)
4:32
 
5:32
 
Take California
7:21
 
Smack My Bitch Up
5:42
 
Busy Child
7:26
 
Devil in Sports Casual
5:59
 
We Have Explosive
6:19
 
Sexiest Man in Jamaica
4:04
 
Inspection (Check One) [Remastered]
6:29
 
Everybody Needs A 303
5:49
 
Song to the Siren
3:16
 
Indian Ropeman
4:24
 
Poison
6:42
 
Trickshot
6:58
 
That Elvis Track (Radio Edit)
4:02
 
Spybreak!
7:00
 
Start the Commotion
5:51
 
Badder Badder Schwing
3:26
 
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Dub
4:30
 
Setting Sun
5:28
 
B-Boy Stance
4:36
 
5:35
 
Policeman Skank (The Story of My Life)
4:28
 
Gangster Trippin'
5:20
 
Seize the Time
4:49
 
Firestarter
4:39
 
Psychopath
5:07
 
If Everybody Looked the Same
3:38
 
Post Punk Progression
5:26
 
Psyche Rock (Fatboy Slim Malpaso Mix)
6:32
 
Kool Roc Bass
7:40
 
Right Here, Right Now
6:27
 
The Private Psychedelic Reel
9:21
 

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