Every week, for the past 200 weeks, the Beat Battles sponsored by the Stonesthrow record label have set countless producers to work on a single shared sample. After ten score weeks, the Battle finally hit its 200th, and the showing was expectedly outsized. Here are some choice entries, each a different spin on a piece British theme-music exotica of credited to Alan Tew.
One of the pleasures of observing the Beat Battles is to hear the original through the ears of a diverse crew of producers, each teasing out their own selection of elements, and making of it what they wish.
Each week’s rules and sample are selected by the prior week’s winner. The basic rules are as follows:
• flip the chosen sample any way you want • outside drums and bass are allowed • no outside keys/synths (exception – bass) unless stated • no acapellas • vocal samples/skits are allowed • cuts/scratches are permitted
In other words, it’s like Fight Club. But in public. With laptops.