Kasabian’s biggest beats
New to Ian’s drumming? Get sta rted with this playlist …
‘Club Foot’ From Kasabian, (2004) Kasabian’s debut album opener came charging out of the gates, immediately stamping Ian and Chris’ authority as a rhythm section not to be messed with. ‘Club Foot’ put Kasabian on the map and is still a massive live favourite. ‘Processed Beats’ From Kasabian (2004) Kasabian’s third single and one of the first tracks Ian recorded with the band. ‘Processed Beats’ could have come straight out of 90s Manchester scene and features a dry, funky, breakbeat-inspired groove ‘Shoot The Runner’ From Empire (2006) The bouncy, tom-led ‘Shoot The Runner’ is one of Empire’s standouts. Ian’s driving four-to-the-floor rhythm and tumbling fills from the bridge through to the close are a key ingredient. ‘Sw arfiga’
Asylum (2009) Proving you never know when lightning will strike, ‘Swarfiga’ emerged from a simple studio soundcheck. The instrumental track lets Ian’s playing shine, highlighting his deft touch and ability to create tension with a single beat. ‘Fire’
Asylum (2009) You won’t find any drum gymnastics on ‘Fire’, but it’s still one of Kasabian’s most popular tracks. The catchy chorus benefits from Ian’s straight twos and fours and offbeat hi-hat stabs. ‘Days Are Forgotten’ From Velociraptor! (2011) Yet another example of Ian taking charge from behind the kit. The mid-tempo dance groove rarely breaks, giving the Falsetto ‘aaaaahs’ and catchy guitar riff a sturdy bed to anchor to. ‘Sw itc hblade Smile’ From Velociraptor! (2011) The chopped-up beat sounds like Bonzo on ‘Immigrant Song’ and adds rocket-fuelled propulsion to the song. It sounds bigger live when Ian brings in his monstrous 18" floor tom. ‘Bumblebeee’ From 48.39 (2014) When recording ‘Bumblebeee’ Ian was clearly channelling John Bonham through his groove and fills, as well as the wide open drum sound on this track. A real rock and roller. ‘Comeback Kid’ From ForCryingOutLoud (2017) The fat Motown-style snare stabs show off the studio-readiness of the British Drum Company prototypes Ian took into the ForCrying OutLoud sessions.