The Funky Drummer break
The timeless break from James Brown’s Funky Drummer works a treat in NoSleep, making its presence felt from the word go. “We use quite a lot of old-school sounding drum breaks in our tracks,” says Tom.
“So we had that progression,” Ian continues, “and then we dropped this famous break in and it worked really nicely with the strings. Then we started layering up some other hits that we liked the sound of – chopped up samples…” He solos a track containing a sliced-up loop. “That was an old hip-hop break that we chopped up for cool little hits.”
Tom adds: “We go through loads and loads of little drum bits to add in to our grooves, rather than just using one break or one loop to make up the drums. We’ll try and add little bits and bobs in, in order to give it a bit more flavour and make things a little bit different.”