70s New Wave Drops


Format | Multitrack Session

70s New Wave Drops



Multitrack Session

  • Product Description

      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 (www.drumhire.com) 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 as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed) or drum loop packs. 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.


  • Product Details
    • Variant: Multitrack Session
    • SKU: DDA6245NWMS
    • Product Type: Drum Tracks

In Depth

MP3 Samples

Track list


1: SNWD 167 NEW WAVE 03



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'.


Tempo: 167



2: SNWD 158 NEW WAVE 09


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.


Tempo: 158



3: SNWD 150 NEW WAVE 02


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.


Tempo: 150


4: SNWD 148 NEW WAVE 05



Based on Pete's drum track on ‘Lipstick Vogue’ by Elvis Costello. A furious beat and 'Sandy Nelson' type solo.


Tempo: 148


5: SNWD 143 NEW WAVE 06

A rocking pop track based on Pete's drums on ‘Oliver's Army' by Elvis Costello. Upper mid tempo with lots of roll led fills.


Tempo: 143



6: SNWD 140 NEW WAVE 07


Pounding tom rock intro and bass drum led track as featured on ‘Peace, Love and Understanding' by Elvis Costello.


Tempo: 140



7: SNWD 138 NEW WAVE 04


Rocking sound of thumping the toms and snare based on the track 'Pump it Up' by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.


Tempo: 138



8: SNWD 130 NEW WAVE 01


'This years Girl' by Elvis Costello. Based on the 'Ticket to ride' groove by the Beatles. A jerky mid tempo groove.


Tempo: 130



9: SNWD 110 COUNTRY 13


Fast, straight country shuffle which Pete Thomas uses a lot with his country band Jacksh*t.


Tempo: 110


10: SNWD 109 NEW WAVE 10


Unusual hi-hat pattern and funk groove based on Pete's drum track for 'New Lace Sleeves' by Elvis Costello.


Tempo: 109




11: SNWD 100 NEW WAVE 11


New mid tempo funky jungle tom groove, similar to 'Bedlam' by Elvis Costello.


Tempo: 100


12: SNWD 95 NEW WAVE 08


Ragamuffin/New Orleans snare/hat beat based on Pete's drum track 'Dream in Blue' from Los Lobos's ‘Kiko’ album.


Tempo: 100




13: SNWD 160 COUNTRY 12

Mid Tempo brushes country rock groove. 

Tempo: 160