Archive for the ‘Big Beat’ Category

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist [2000]
January 4, 2014

Happy New Year folks! To celebrate the madness of working the entire holiday period, here’s one of the very best sample based tracks of the past decade. It takes some serious talent to mash this amount of completely disconnected samples together into a track that not only makes sense but is insanely catchy as well. The music video is completely off the wall but the track is a masterstroke in breakbeat lead samplage. Its a track you’ll be humming long after you first heard it.

Medicine – I’m Sick [1997]
March 30, 2012

Holy shit this is an unabashed pounder designed to rock your socks clean off. The break is a brutal assortment of bass drums and snares, sounding more like the thunderous cacophony of a car being shredded than a rocking breakbeat. Mixed up into that maelstrom is a filthy synth hook and a cheeky machine gun bassline for good measure. A quality floor killer from the excellent duo, Liam May and Luke Ezra.

Freska Allstars – We Come to Rock [1997]
March 26, 2012

Cracking breakbeat beastie from the Freska Allstars, once again featuring that great string riff from the Simple Minds. This track is most definately on the Big Beat tip, sounding like it might have lifted the original sample from Company of One rather than the original. Regardless, its a belter of a tune, get in!

Ugress – Loungemeister [2002]
February 13, 2012

Back in the early 2000’s I was very heavy into my big breaks and funky rhythms, stuff that might have gone by the term “Big Beat” if it wasnt for all the cheese associated with that genre! That said, this track here from Ugress is the very definition of funky breaks, with its massive snare assault, funky ass bassline and panpipes for extra measure. I caught this on “Monkey Radio” back in the day but the EP for this is so damn rare, I never managed to snag myself a copy. Now of course, youtube has everything, hence, get on this one right now!

From Discogs
Ugress is a musician, producer and remixer from Bergen, Norway. He’s been producing music a couple of years, using samplers, synths and computers.

Ugress dives into a groovy, spooky and cinematic landscape of weird samples, loops and sounds. Strong rythms carries soundscapes and melodies forth. The sources of sampling include easy listening records of the 60ies, unknown and well known classic funktracks of the 70ies, computer games, television commercials and the oldest aswell as latest sci-fi b-movie. The compelling groove of a breakbeat (or two, or three) is, of course, always present.

Ugress released the first self-issued 12″ E-Pipe in 2000, and started playing live the following winter. The first gig was basically just a favour for Bergen Filmklubbs (Bergen Film Society) at their biannual releaseparty, and the gig was a success. With only one cinematic concert, the band was in heavy demand. During 2001-2002 the live reputation of the band created a stirr in Norwegian press, Ugress won several national compos, and caught the attention of several labels. Also, the funkish Loungemeister was heavily played on national radio, and used in numerous commercials and situations.

However, it was a remix that caught the attention of Port Azur, freshly started Norwegian electronic label by Tuba. While hunting for tracks to include on their first compilation, they came across Ugress remix of Slowphos “Would You”, and tried to find more. Luckily, they did, and during spring 2002 a deal emerged. The result: A 12″ vinyl EP Loungemeister, and Ugress first full album, Resound.

The album was released on Sept 9th 2002, and was immedeately sold out. At first there were planned and printed 3000 copies. But preorders demanded more than double that, so the first shipment was 8000 copies. This was sold out in the first few days, and new pressings had to be ordered continously. The album debuted at 2nd place in Norwegian charts to everyones surprise, with raving reviews and huge attention in Norwegian press.

Since then Ugress music has been featured almost everywhere, from movies and television programs to nightclubs and coffee shops. And internationally, things are starting to pick up, with radio and video play as far away as Australia and Iceland. International release is planned for February/March 2003.

Meat Beat Manifesto – Cutman [1990]
February 6, 2012

The very last track on MBM’s first and in my opinion best album is a full on breakbeat assault using a ridiculous number of samples. I have no idea how they managed to get clearance for so many tracks considering the sampling backlash was in full effect at the time. Still, its the reason the track is called Cutman and all the chopping is what makes the track. It features a wicked mini re-edit of Rocksteady by Aretha Franklin amongst the mayhem which just kills it before going way off back into some heavy electro business. Now the above video is taken from the beginning of the incredible “Live At The Social” mix from The Chemical Brothers. A mix, so good, if you have never heard it before, perhaps its time you started!

The Charlatans – Nine Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers Rmx) [1995]
November 14, 2011

What a belter from The Charlatans and The Chemical Brothers. Back in ’95 the Chem’s were at the top of their game, their singles from Exit Planet Dust were epic in their own right but their remixes were untouchable. This being one of the very best as well, its “Big Beat” without the cheddar. Keeping the bulk of the Charlatans vocal samples but cutting them up with a brutally catchy breakbeat. But for me its the bassline on this beauty, its a low rumbling monster of a bassline, the kind that comes to get you on the dancefloor and drag you all over the club with a massive grin on your face. ‘kin Classic!