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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.

Offered as drum multi-tracks, mixes and drum stems, drum loops and the new MP3 practice tracks everyone’s needs are catered for. All of the multi-tracks come with session templates including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper and Studio One. An OMF file is also provided should you need to export the 24 bit 44.1 WAVs into any other DAW. To make life that little bit easier, a beat tempo map is included to help sync up the drum machines.

If it’s stems and mixes you want, why not opt for these packs, which come with the full mix of drums, as well as separate drum stems of each individual component. These packs are the ideal choice for those wanting ready-mixed versions of drums to help build your track with both speed and style.

Here at Drumdrops, as usual, we’ve left no avenue unexplored. Take a look at the drum loops packs - containing about 6 different 4-bar loops taken from each track, they are delivered as mixes of the individual drum parts, as well as the full mix. Available formatted as WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex2 files, they can be dropped into any DAW, drum machine or sample software easily.

The new practice tracks format provides each drum track as a full length 44.1kHz 320 kbps MP3. All the MP3s come with a count in at the head of the MP3 making these ideal for jamming along to.

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 "I don't want to go to Chelsea" by Elvis Costello. Different verse and chorus grooves will lots of fills. New Wave 167 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
A shuffle beat from ''Whiskey Trail'' by Los Lobos. Shuffle snare and swung hats and ride. New Wave 158 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
Urgent New Wave track based on "Radio Radio" by Elvis Costello New Wave 150 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
Based on "Lipstick Vogue" by Elvis Costello. A furious beat and ''Sandy Nelson'' type solo. New Wave 148 M S L P More Info Save Favourite
"Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello New Wave 143 M S L P More 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 More 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 More 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 More Info Save Favourite
fast straight country train beat on blast sticks Country 110 M S L P More 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 More 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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