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70s New Wave Drops

70s New Wave Drops

The late 1970s; a time of denim, big hair, drainpipes and the explosion of New Wave music. Leaving behind the days of God Save The Queen–style anarchy, New Wave bands drew on influences such as the Velvet Underground and New York Dolls whilst throwing in synths and electronic production to turn music in a fresh 'post-punk' direction.

New Wave was pioneered by acts from both the US and UK, particularly Talking Heads, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Blondie and Joe Jackson. By the turn of the decade various sub genres were appearing, most significantly the New Romantic era, which included bands like Duran Duran, Japan, Ultravox and Adam & The Ants. Moving into the 90s, bands like Stereolab, Saint Etienne and Elastica were still influenced by the genre, later paving the way for the explosion of Brit Pop. More recently, the 2000’s saw a new sub-genre, the ‘New’ New Wave, (yes, really!) with The Strokes, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Franz Ferdinand taking the limelight.

So, Introducing ‘70s New Wave Drops’; a perfectly condensed drum album featuring 70s Costello sounding New Wave drum tracks with a couple of country feels thrown in – That’s right, we’ve done the hard bit for you! The album features the drumming skills of Elvis Costello & The Attractions’ Pete Thomas, who’s performed on the majority of Costello albums and has been an integral part of the band from 1977 right up to the present day.

Another name synonymous with New Wave is Roger Bechirian. Having been responsible for producing, recording and mixing many of Costello’s albums (and other works by Nick Lowe, Squeeze and The Undertones), who better to add their expertise to the ‘70s New Wave Drops album than Roger himself?

With eleven classic New Wave drum tracks and two other country feels on the album, ranging from 80BPM to 167BPM, there’s swinging grooves and serious snare action – all you need if Costello-esque drum beats are what you’re looking for.

Now for the detail. The kit was provided by Drumhire ( who supplied both a Gretsch and a DW Collector Series kit. We combined the best of both kits using the DW kick drum with Gretsch toms, Pete brought in the same original Ludwig 400 snare that was used on many famous Costello recordings. We also used a 1970’s Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum on a couple of tracks.

‘70s New Wave Drops’ album was recorded at Miloco’s The Square, a quirky studio in the heart of Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, using an SSL G Series console with Telefunken and Calrec mic pre’s. The kit was mic’d up with 12 microphones including Coles Ribbons, Neumann U47 FETs and AKG C28 valve mics. All of the tracks were recorded on to a 16 track 2” analogue tape machine.

Based around an SSL G Series console and a fantastic collection of outboard, Miloco’s Engine Room was the obvious choice for mixing. EAR valve EQs, Manley Vari-Mu Compressors and Calrec PQ1161 EQs all feature prominently in the mix.

All thirteen tracks can be purchased as individual tracks as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed), drum loop packs or new practice tracks. The Multi-tracks (which are just the 4 mic positions) come as full length live multi-tracks and song construction loops. These packs include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio comes as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, verse, chorus, middle 8, bridge and Outro.

The Stems and mix packs which have all the separate drum mics, percussion and reverb as separate stems come as full length 24 bit WAVs and these also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the locked to the beat song construction loops (but mixed versions).

The loop packs contain live 4 bar loops in each component stem and a folder of grooves and fills which are 2 bar loops locked to the beat. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops (24 bit and 16 bit) and Rex 2 Files.

The MP3 Practice Tracks contain a mix of of each drum track with and without percussion and they come with a count in which makes them perfect for jamming to.

Each drum track can be purchased individually or if you buy the album (in any format) you get 20% off the complete price.

Check out Pete Thomas and Roger Bechirian discussing recording and mixing these drum samples here.


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Title Description Genre
Mid Tempo Funk groove based on Pete Thomas' drum track for ''I don't want to go to Chelsea'' by Elvis Costello. A medium tempo funky track with different verse and chorus grooves and various fills dotted around. This track was inspired by Mitch Mitchell's licks on Jimi Hendrix's track ''Fire'' New Wave 167 M S L P Info Save Favourite
A 90's trainbeat groove Pete played on ''Whiskey Trail'' by Los Lobos. A shuffle on the snare and a swung hi-hat.The chorus switches to shuffle snare and swung ride with builds and accents. New Wave 158 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Urgent New Wave track based on Pete's drum track for ''Radio radio'' by Elvis Costello. An urgent upper mid tempo with 4rs in the chorus and lots of fills. New Wave 150 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Based on Pete's drum track on "Lipstick Vogue" by Elvis Costello. A furious beat and ''Sandy Nelson'' type solo. New Wave 148 M S L P Info Save Favourite
A rocking pop track based on Pete's drums on ''Olivers Army'' by Elvis Costello. Upper mid tempo with lots of roll led fills. New Wave 143 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Pounding tom rock intro and bass drum led track as featured on ''Peace Love and Understanding'' by Elvis Costello New Wave 140 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Rocking sound of thumping the toms and snare based on the track ''Pump it Up'' by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. New Wave 138 M S L P Info Save Favourite
''This years Girl'' by Elvis Costello. Based on the ''Ticket to ride'' groove by the Beatles. A jerky mid tempo groove. New Wave 130 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Fast, straight country shuffle which Pete Thomas uses a lot with his country band Jacksh*t. Country 110 M S L P Info Save Favourite
Unusual hi hat pattern and funk groove based on Pete's drum track for ''New Lace Sleeves'' by Elvis Costello New Wave 109 M S L P Info Save Favourite

Available as Multitrack projects for various DAWs, stems and mixes, or straight-up loops, Drumdrops' latest release sees Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas laying it down across 13 tracks, largely based on actual Costello numbers. The performances and production are top-notch, and the kit is kept appropriately dry apart from the sound of the recording room. It's just a shame you don't get a multisampled version of the kit to go with it. 8/10 Computer Music November 2013

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