“The Loop Loft is proud to announce the latest release fresh from our studio: “World Drum Loops – Vol 1”. We’ve taken an eclectic mix of rhythms and sounds from all over the world and combined them into one highly diverse loop pack. With drum and percussion grooves hailing from areas like Jamaica, Africa, Cuba, South India and Trinidad, World Drum Loops Volume 1 will supply you with a unique arsenal of culturally and geographically inspired loops and sounds. Listen to the audio preview and you’ll hear what we’re talking about!”
Another 1st of the month brings us another set of Gruss Loops. Volume X features four different loop sets with over 25 different groove and fill variations in each style and tempo. A mix of world, funk, latin and r&b loops, Volume X is a must-have for any well-rounded loop collection.
Yep, I actually named this set of loops “Big Dirty Funk”. This first set shows that I’m not afraid of cheesy loop names or using flams in my fills. This is LOUD funk. Think Rage Against the Machine meets Parliament, blended with an industrial-grade bitcrusher.
Ever since posting my first frame drum loop a few months ago, I’ve received dozens of requests for more grooves on this particular instrument. In order to please the masses, I’ve recorded another round of grooves with my beloved Cooperman drum. The first half of the loop series features just my hands and fingers, while the second half introduces a brush in my left hand.
In an attempt to heat things up and get through the frigid Boston winter, I locked myself in my studio and channeled one of my favorite grooves from the Caribbean, Soca. Moving things around from the hi hat, coss stick and snare, I elaborate and embellish on a wide mix of soca grooves.
It’s another cold and snowy day in Boston. I love living in New England because I really get to experience all four seasons, but I also hate this time of year. Three months into winter, late February is when I usually start perusing varioustravelwebsites, looking for an escape from the daily routine of scraping ice off of my windshield.
I have a rather vivid imagination, so rather than dropping a few grand on a trip to the Caribbean, sometimes I’ll just crank up the heat in my studio to about 95°F, crack open a few Coronas, and play some grooves indigenous to tropical regions. Reggae, calypso, samba… anything to feel like I’m within a 500 mile radius of the equator. My wife doesn’t seem to agree that this is the same as lounging around in a beach chair, somewhere on a white sandy beach. My response to this is usually a snap of the fingers, and a request for more guacamole.
Today’s “take me away” groove is Soca. An offshoot of Calypso music, Soca originates from the islands of Tobago and Trinidad and is usually based around a heavy drum and percussion ostinato. Some examples of Soca grooves in popular music are Buster Poindexter’s 1987 hit, “Hot, Hot, Hot” and Kevin Lyttle’s“Turn Me On”. This particular loop is a four bar phrase consisting of just kick and snare. With an almost march-like quality, this groove makes for an ideal drum break on any Caribbean dance floor. Look for more Soca grooves in the upcoming and highly anticipated release of Gruss Loops Volume X.