Things have been busy for me this week at The Loop Loft. Today we just released two new Multitrack Drum Sessions, “Funk Meets Fusion” and “Thick & Meaty”. Check ’em out below:
What would it sound like if legendary funk drummer, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown) joined a legendary fusion band like Weather Report, and they only performed in dance clubs where the tempo was regulated to 128 bpm? Well, we’re not sure if such a bizarre/awesome union like this would ever occur, but if it did, the drums would probably sound a lot like our latest multitrack release, “Funk Meets Fusion”.
Just like the name implies, the Thick and Meaty Multitrack Sessions are loaded with drums that give you plenty to chew on… and more. Using one of our beloved birch studio kits, we slapped on some extra-punchy Remo Pinstripe heads and pulled out our ultra-aggressive brass snare drum, all to give you a sound that is fat, juicy and totally in your face. Along with all of the individual drum tracks, we also captured the room sound on a separate channel, putting an even bigger (and natural) sound at your disposal. Just adjust the faders and mix to taste!
Here’s some simple, straight ahead drumming by Chris “Daddy” Dave. Nothing unusual here, other than the rhythmic morphing that another YouTube viewer took the time to transcribe:
“0.55-1.11 are quintuplets grouped in 3’s & 2’s; 1.35-1.43 are septuplets grouped in 5’s; 2.05-2.30 the time implied is based? off 5:2 polyrhythm, so the 5:2 is the new tempo with swung time; 3.03-3.19 are septuplets; 3.25-3.49 the time is based from 5:2 polyrhythm; 3.49-4.04 is a groove based on 7:4 polyrhythm, the 7:4 is grouped in 8; 4.04-4.11 is a grooved based on 9:5 polyrhythm! which is grouped 8; 4.25-6.25 is time based on 5:2; 7.33-8.01 is again based on 5:2.”
Odd meters aren’t just for fusion jams and epic, prog rock instrumentals. They can even be used in hit songs, especially when the meter is in five. From Dave Brubeck to Radiohead, this odd meter has been working it’s way up the charts and into the public consciousness for decades.
Today’s loop is a groove in 5/4 (sans splash cymbals and octobans). To keep it from falling into the hands of someone holding a seven string Ibanez, I downsampled the output and made sure it didn’t live in its parents’ basement.
In 1970 Miles Davis turned the jazz world upside down with the release of Bitches Brew. Featuring 20+ minute songs and an expanded rhythm section, Miles pushed the envelope of a genre that would be later be known as “fusion”. Blending jazz improvisation with rock instrumentation and grooves, Bitches Brew was a turning point not only for Davis, but for several members of his band.
One of those members was keyboardist, Joe Zawinul. After the release of Bitches Brew, Zawinul went on to start his own band, Weather Report along with sax player and fellow Davis alum, Wayne Shorter. Weather Report carried the fusion torch into the 1980’s, releasing several classic albums along the way including; I Sing the Body Electric, Night Passage and my personal favorite, Heavy Weather.
Today’s loop takes the hypnotic, vamping style of Bitches Brew and mixes it with the quarter note, cross stick grooves found on several tracks from Heavy Weather. I took out all of the muffling in the kick drum and tried to lay down the foundation with more “boom” than “thud”. Unlike many of the albums mentioned above, no drugs were used during the recording process (mom, I swear).