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Big beat (sometimes called chemical breaks) is a term first employed in the early 80s, by the British music press - gaining popularity in the mid 90s, in description of the music of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method, Propellerheads & The Prodigy, that relied on beat-driven, drum-heavy mixes.

Almost certainly influenced by the work of studio legend Dougie Wright, big beat tends to feature distorted,…

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