Here at The Playhaus, we love drummer breaks.
For the unitiated, breaks are the funky, dirty old beats taken from old records and used as the basis for new drums. Literally thousands of records were produced using these old samples.
A recent example of this is Emile Sande’s Heaven, which uses James Brown’s Funky Drummer as it’s drum track.
Here’s the original song the drums are sampled from:
We spend hours and hours listening to old samples, digging up old sounds to be reused. Of course, many of the classics are well known by now. Arguably the most famous example is what’s known as the Amen Break, one of the most instantly recognisable breakbeats. This loop has been used thousands of times and the basis of the classic ‘jungle’ sound.
Here’s an example of something the Playhaus team did with an old break.
At 3:17 you will here Bill Ward’s funky-as-funk drum break:
And on Kris Halpin’s Ratted Me Out, we drop the very same break three minutes in:
With some creative cut and pasting, the drums are re-imagined with a glitchy, twisting feel. Used sparingly, funky breaks can be just the thing to cement the groove of your production.
So, last week we recorded The Nuts live at a gig in Lichfield in front of hundreds of very happy punters.
We love doing these live gig recordings. You never quite know what you’re going to get; it’s the art of organising chaos!
This is a 16 track recording of the band performing Sweet Home Alabama. For more information please check out the band’s website at http://www.thenutsband.co.uk/
So, after a quick demo session to test the water, local boys The Mumblecores have been back at The Playhaus this weekend recording their new EP!
After a great day’s recording, we’re now mixing the first track, and adding a few of our trademark studio sprinkles
Stay tuned to hear more from The Mumblecores right here very soon! In the meantime,
go say hi to them over on their facebook page:
We’ll have more on The Mumblecores very soon!
The Playhaus is now open!