Swinging 60s Pop Drops


Format | Multitrack Session

Swinging 60s Pop Drops



Multitrack Session

  • Product Description

      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.

      All seventeen tracks can be purchased 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.

  • Product Details
    • Variant: Multitrack Session
    • SKU: DDA2613SPMS
    • Product Type: Drum Tracks

In Depth

MP3 Samples

1: SSPD 195 60s POP 14

 12/8 ride groove with fills. Loosely based on the theme from ‘Midnight Cowboy’ by John Barry, this slowish 12/8 groove is mostly played on the ride cymbal with a soft back beat. The fairly minimal groove contrasts nicely with the relatively flamboyant snare and tom fills.

 Tempo: 195


2: SSPD 192 60s POP 16

Fast 3/4 groove with snare section and waltz feel. Based on Tom Jones' ‘Delilah’, this track starts with an almost military snare vibe in 3/4 which opens out into a fast waltz feel played on the ride in the choruses. The dynamic builds and drops as it moves through the tune with the odd punctuating fill.

Tempo: 192


3: SSPD 187 60s JAZZ 09

Up tempo ride groove with a jazzy take on a rock n roll rhythm. Based loosely on a Jimmy Smith style groove, ‘The Cat’, this ride based pattern has busy snare flicks and syncopations straddling jazz, rock and roll and even Latin styles. Constantly moving and textural it offers a variety of dynamics and sections.

Tempo: 187


4: SSPD 182 60s POP 07

Loosely based on Tom Jones' ‘It's Not Unusual’. An uptempo pop groove that digs in and drives along without being too heavy. Features fills and hits and moves between hihat and ride. Has variations and flicks on the snare drum that give it a slight lightness and swing. Also features overdubbed tambourine and handclaps.

Tempo: 182


5: SSPD 177 60s JAZZ 05

Based on a Georgie Fame track this is an uptempo sixties pop groove. With a side stick in the verse section and some syncopation this grooves veers between sounding like fast pop and a Bossa Nova Latin vibe, never quite settling on either. This gives it an interesting feel as it is fast and driving yet manages to stay light and breezy. Features builds and fills, and different sections on snare and side stick, hi-hat and ride.

Tempo: 177



6: SSPD 160 60s POP 08

Classic driving groove reminiscent of early Merseybeat bands. Fairly uptempo classic rock and roll groove with alternating double and single back beats on the snare and variations and toms. Moves between driving sloshy hi-hats and ride sections with fills and snare flicks. Also features overdubbed tambourine.

Tempo: 160


7: SSPD 159 60s POP 06

A classic mid to up tempo 60s 4/4 pop groove. At 159 bpm this 4/4 groove is on the faster side of mid tempo for the 1960s. It features a driving bass drum pattern that pushes through the bars, but yet is played relatively lightly so doesn't allow its tempo to make it sound overpowering. Starts with a brief Bossa Nova style introduction before moving to hi-hat for the verses and ride for the choruses and outro.

Tempo: 159


8: SSPD 138 60s POP 17

Vibey mid tempo driving rock and roll groove with cutting snare based on The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’. A mid tempo driving groove with aggressive hi-hats and solid backbeats. With a selection of fills and sections on hi-hat and washy ride this motors along. Also has overdubbed tambourine with variations.

Tempo: 138


9: SSPD 135 60s POP 10

Mid tempo rolling snare groove in a Scott Walker style. It has a repetitive almost Spanish feel to it. Frequently used by Scott Walker it provides plenty of pace and movement. Recorded with a selection of rolls, drags and buzz rolls and with sections at different dynamics.

Tempo: 135 


10: SSPD 134 60s SOUL 03

A four on the floor 4/4 groove based on Booker T's ‘Time Is Tight’. This is a fairly fast version of a light four on the floor groove that motors along without getting too heavy. Features a few different sections on hi-hat and ride with different intensities, fills and hits.

Tempo: 134

11: 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.

Tempo: 122


12: 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.

Tempo: 117


13: 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.

Tempo: 116


14: 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.

Tempo: 110


15: 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.

Tempo: 108


16: 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.

Tempo: 95


17: 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.

Tempo: 83