1: NTCD 179 80S POP 20
Cocteau Twins 3/4 beats that leave plenty of room for drama and progressing and building with the ride cymbal. Tambourine added and a bigger sound and roominess to the haunting nature of this rhythm.
2: NTCD 141 80S POP 02
Joy Division groove that has plenty of space and quirkiness and very minimal and industrial. A smaller sound to the kit and very simple fills between the snare and the toms maintaining an overall naivety to the whole performance.
3: NTCD 135 80S POP 13
Aha-inspired pop-tastic uptempo beats with some nifty tom action. Small, dry and tight sounds with some direct fills.
4: NTCD 130 80S POP 06
Depeche Mode type tom-tom shuffle groove that has plenty of movement and fills for those stadium moments. Ever evolving with lots of grace notes on the snare drum and some very tribal tom fills. A BIG sound!
5: NTCD 123 80S POP 22
Bring on the groove! Minimal beat that just keeps on moving with some subtle addition and building all the time. A deeper snare drum sound and sections that go into four on the floor Duran Duran-esque and very machine gun-like snare drum fills.
6: NTCD 122 80S POP 21
Developing very usable dance beat which breaks out into a four-to-the-floor stomper. A very dry small kit sound with a nice full bass drum sound and eighth note hi-hats. Progressing into some lovely tom builds and accents and lots of snare fills.
7: NTCD 121 80S POP 23
Uptempo disco classic with hints of A Certain Ratio and off-beat action on the hats and ride. Open sound and a deeper snare drum used in this track. Moving on to offbeat ride cymbal and then back to then a busier hat pattern.
8: NTCD 115 80S POP 01
‘Billie Jean’ sound and beat with a little grace note action to spice things up a bit progressing into a more of a ‘Let’s Dance’ type of feel. A more open sound with lots of open hat action and starting off with eighth note hats and more bass drum and snare accents.
9: NTCD 114 80S POP 12
Mid-tempo beats with simple progression and pop sensibilities. The addition of a very small tight tambourine and some snappy snare and hat with usable fills and accents.
10: NTCD 114 80S POP 05
Off-beat hi-hat simple disco/dance groove with tight sound and a De La Soul feel. Could be Dee-Lite with a touch of A Certain Ratio and a very dry tight sound and feel.
11: NTCD 113 80S POP 14
Discotheque-type 16s Hi-Hat groove with minimal Bass Drum and Snare action but building all the way. A more open sound and feel and then a more syncopated feel in certain sections.
12: NTCD 112 80S POP 16
Early Happy Mondays-type groove with some skippy snare and funky fills to keep things moving. Tambourine and a very small compressed sound on the overall mix with some ever progressing bass drum and snare action and moving to the ride cymbal for a section too.
13: NTCD 111 80S POP 10
‘Rock With You’ inspired beat with development in the bass drum department and starting off with an eights but moving to a sixteen feel hi-hats. Lots of accents and minimal fills make this a very usable track with a slightly more open sound on the drum-kit. Shaker also included.
14: NTCD 109 80S POP 04
Iko IKo inspired beats with plenty of tom tom action and percussion thrown in to make it a tribal celebration of rhythm. Playing the rims of the toms on this one and tambourine action thrown in with the addition of an extra snare to give it that Creatures a la Budgie / Adam Ant type of feeling.
15: NTCD 106 80S POP 03
Groove Groove Groove with an early hip-hop inspired feel with pop sensibilities and changing bass drum pattern and fills galore! Again a drier tighter sound on the kit and an evolving bass drum and snare pattern with grace notes and gradually getting simpler and more direct.
16: NTCD 104 80S POP 17
De La Soul-type groove with a twist and nice snare on the and of the bar and building changing the accents but maintaining the feel. Good groove to use underneath a heavier backbeat and claps maybe.Tambourine added too and getting busier with a more military feel at the end.
17: NTCD 95 80S POP 15
Soul II Soul groove with minimal swing and some signature ‘Back to Life’ fills. Tambourine included and progressing from an eighth note feel to a sixteens pattern on the hi-hat with a dry but rich sound to the whole performance. Ride cymbal added for a section to help spice things up.
18: NTCD 90 80S POP 19
NYC in the house! And some early hip-hop type groove with a certain Public Enemy in mind. Tambourine included to give it a more ‘Loop’ type of feel and sound and a very careful selection of fills to enhance this particular beat.
19: NTCD 80 80S POP 24
‘Meat and Potatoes’ pop groove with simple fills and progressing along with the ride cymbal maintaining a good blank canvas to create over. Quarter notes on the hats and some very simple tom and snare fills to add to the progression of the track.
20: NTCD 71 80S POP 09
A very laid back ballad groove reminiscent of ‘Careless Whisper’ and with lots of open space to let the song breathe. Eighth note hi-hat pattern with some subtle snare inflections with the Ludwig Black Beauty in its full glory and some minimal drum fills.