Exit Music Review SectionMusic Review Navigation Menu
Rock The Funky Beat

Various Artists
Big Dirty Beats

Although the "electronica" revolution didn't exactly take off as much as everyone had planned, there was a certain segment of it that has fared pretty well. Although the term "Big Beats" describes a fairly particular sound, well-knowns like the Prodigy, , Fatboy Slim, and the Chemical Brothers have been named as instigators. Other up-and-coming groups like the Propellerheads, Junkie XL, and Bentley Rhythym Ace have also been thrown into the category. With a blend of fat beats (what else?), guitar samples, and frenetic energy, it's a natural for the dance floor or anywhere else that needs a boost.

Leave it to Moonshine (probably the best electronic label this side of the Atlantic) to harness a strong group of songs and role with it. With tracks by Uberzone, Bassbin Twins, and Monkey Mafia, Big Dirty Beats is both a great sampler of the genre, as well as a good place to hear exclusive mixes by Fatboy Slim and Hardhop. For the most part, it's loud, silly music, but with it's blend of electronic, hip-hop and old fashioned riffs, it's a style that's bound to have a broad appeal. As the title suggests, this one packs a nice thump, and will definitely instigate booty shaking when played.

Rating: 6.5