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Swinging 60s Pop Drops

Swinging 60s Pop Drops

Perhaps the decade that shaped the modern world and pop culture more than any other, the sixties certainly had a huge impact on music. Everyone knows all about the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but alongside them were a host of other bands, singers and songwriters pushing the boundaries of recording and pop.... Burt Bacharach, Joe Meek, Dusty Springfield, Georgie Fame, Tom Jones, Scott Walker....

Many of the drummers and session musicians who played on these hits had cut their teeth in the dance halls and big bands of the fifties so had a certain swing and lightness of touch to their playing that makes their grooves more interesting. They played more quietly too, not least because they were often recorded on few microphones as part of a much larger band, so balancing one’s own instrument to the room was an important skill to acquire.

The styles played were diverse and often fused together... some rock and roll and skiffle grooves, old style Latin and dance rhythms... Blues and soul influences from America and of course the famous Merseybeat sound and London scene too.... And let’s not forget a sharp suited Michael Caine and the sparse jazzy vibe of John Barry’s soundtracks. Obviously far too much to capture on a single album, but for volume one we’ve tried to recreate the sounds and vibes of a few of the early grooves that shaped pop music forever.
Recorded on a lovely old Rogers kit from the era and mic’d up old style in a dry sounding booth, these grooves will help add an authentic 60s vibe to your songs, soundtracks and commercials. As usual, all the drum tracks feature grooves that build and change through different musical sections offering a range of dynamics and fills...all ready for you to use as is or to easily edit into your own arrangement.

Swinging 60s Pop Drops Volume 1 was recorded at Miloco’s The Bridge in London. This writing studio has a perfectly suited small dead booth which was perfect for the sound we were after. The drum tracks were played by London session drummer Tim Weller and recorded and mixed by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray.

To check out a video of Tim Weller and Ben Thackeray chatting about recording this album head over to You here.

All seventeen tracks can be purchased as individually as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed), drum loop packs or MP3 practice tracks. The Multi-tracks 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 templates 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, chorus, verse, 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 song construction loops (but mixed versions).

The loop packs contain a folder of grooves and a folder of fills. 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 and Rex 2 Files.

The MP3 Practice Tracks contain a mix of of the 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.


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Title Description Genre
SSPD 122 60s SOUL 04
An unusual soul / mambo groove with tom and syncopated side stick. Based on the Booker T track Soul Dressing this 4/4 groove has a vaguely Latin vibe to it utilising a double tom hit and side stick in place of a regular backbeat. Features different sections with fills in between, hits and a ride play out. 60s Soul 122 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 117 60s SOUL 02
A driving mid tempo 4/4 soul groove based on the Booker T's track Red Beans and Rice. With a groovy skipping ride theme and a very driving hi hat section. Also features fills and hits section with crashes. 60s Soul 117 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 116 60s POP 11
3/4 swung light shuffle groove based on Dusty Springfield's Just A Little Lovin’ with interesting backbeat placement that gives it a half time vibe. Useful and not too heavy it also features fills between sections and a chorus vibe that has a more predominantly three feel and is played on the ride. 60s Pop 116 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 110 60s POP 13
Based on Dusty Springfield's Wishin' and Hopin' this brush groove contains flicks and fills that give it quite a lot of pace and texture at a relatively slow tempo. Has stops and a double time bridge section which motors along with the help of overdubbed shakers and tambourine. 60s Pop 110 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 108 60s SOUL 01
A 4/4 Memphis 60s soul groove along the lines of Booker T and the MGs track Hip Hug Her with cutting snare back beat, syncopated bass drum and driving 1/8th note hi hat. Groove builds through different sections with fills, stops and variations and goes to a ride play out section at the end. 60s Soul 108 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 95 60s POP 12
Latin / pop groove played with brushes and based on Dusty Springfield's The Look of Love. A slow to mid tempo 4/4 sexy Latin tinged groove played initially with brushes, before switching to side stick and then sticks and a straighter feel for the choruses. Contains a few dynamic sections and fills and the odd 2/4 bar. Also has an overdubbed guiro part. 60s Pop 95 M S L P Info Save Favourite
SSPD 83 60s POP 15
Based on Serge Gainsbourg's Je t’aime Moi Non Plus this laid back lounge groove borders on funky and features hi hat and ride sections with lots of fills and variations. The fills are busy and prominent yet skip along in a swung and jazzy vein. 60s Pop 83 M S L P Info Save Favourite

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