JR admits doin overdubs on Ain’t Nobody

Look, for a guy like me who gets a bit obsessed with stuff like that moments like the one on the 21.00 mark of the following seminar are MIND BLOWING.

I’ve spent months trying to play the Ain’t Nobody groove over the studio version and it was always too fast for me to make the hihat part sound right during the chorus. Now, over this process I’ve learned a million stuff concerning 80s pop drumming and dance music in general. But I’ve never got down the groove 100%.

Now, I know the truth. JR is not any less of a good drummer to me now. To be honest overdubbing a pattern like that is a smart move. I mean, that’s actually how drum machines work in a nutshell. And this beat sounds like drum-machine candy with real drum sounds.

I ‘ll probably keep trying to get the groove down though.

Pocket Practice #3 | Bonobo – Dial ‘M’ for Monkey

Bonobo is not just the perfect ‘Sunday morning’ artist. He is also has a great sense of drumming and groove. Take his ‘Dial “M” For Monkey” record for example. Cinematic tunes with deep pocket grooves.

Something like The Cinematic Orchestra but with no Luke Flowers to make things super spicy. Dial ‘M’ For Monkey is an excellent record to practice your patience and explore space over airy tunes.

Pocket Practice #1 : Betty Wright and The Roots: The Movie

I ‘m gonna try posting in a more organised manner starting with a series of articles noted as “Pocket Practice”. This will be dedicated to records that are delightful examples of what we call “playing deep in the pocket”. You can playalong with them or simply have a focused listen and get inspired.

Post no.1 is again about ?uestlove and his band The Roots. It is a collaboration with the singer/songwriter, Betty Wright. Every track has a certain vibe from start to finish and the drums follow that throughout the record. A musically perfect example of loose, breathy and -above all- patient timekeeping. The production is awesome too.