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Motown in the parking lot

By Kedbreak136 on November 29, 2020 11:49 am

Last weekend was a three days weekend, with beautiful weather. I took the opportunity to go into the country side away from all the usual Tokyo madness. It seems half of the population of the metropolis decided to do so as well. On the highway back, it took me 4 hours to do 100km. It was like driving for 4 hours straight in an parking. Fortunately now we have music streaming so I put on a Motown Greatest Hits, which made the drive much much more bearable.

I think this greatest hits set the theme for the week. I wanted to capture some of that 70s vibe. Not saying this sounds like Motown but there is some DNA in there. Rhodes piano, soul/slightly funky guitar, some brass samples. I was not sure where to take it -I played with the idea of making it a casino theme track (roulette! card sounds! gunshots!) or a rocky like boxing training soundtrack (punch bags! countdowns! bellrings!) but in the end went with a raw version, which kinda worked on its own.

Have a good week everyone!

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November 30, 2020 12:28 am

The bass line is really great, man. I love the use of brass, too; it's sparse but it adds some really nice color when it's there. Love the way you ended the track too!

November 30, 2020 2:07 am

Très cool. J'aime beaucoup le coté "raw" des guitares, mais l'orchestration avec les patches de "brass" et tout ce qui se passe fit vraiment bien ensemble. Bien joué.

November 30, 2020 3:07 am

Great instruments on this and so nice guitar melodies! The brass is good adding for this big energy action sound. Fun song!

November 30, 2020 12:16 pm

What a fantastic track, I like everything about it!

November 30, 2020 12:16 pm

My favourite so far!

November 30, 2020 5:34 pm

Very funky. Nice work!

November 30, 2020 6:31 pm

The funky bass is great and the horn sounds really sell the 70's vibe. 

November 30, 2020 6:51 pm

The horns on this are amazing!

November 30, 2020 9:20 pm

Massive sounds of the 70s!  Love that wha guitar lead and the horn blast at the end is perfect.  Great 70s funk rock sound.

December 1, 2020 10:58 am

this has a lot of potential. maybe it's a good idea to give this track a little clearer direction. the drums are the best part in my book. great playing, good sound, nice room. you could take these to build a real nice and authenticrhythm section by replacing the synth bass with a real one. the reggaeesque keyboard could be  tinnier to get the 60s vibe going. the electric guitars are great. the brass stabs sound very library-ish. maybe they will sit better in the mix if you reduce the frequency bandwith to only mids, and place them in a nice room, preferably one that is close to the one on the drums. thaz said, i don't really know if you really want that kind of advice, or if you just want to play around a little for fun, which is also good, of course... big_smile

December 1, 2020 12:40 pm
hent03 wrote:

The bass line is really great, man. I love the use of brass, too; it's sparse but it adds some really nice color when it's there. Love the way you ended the track too!

Thank you for listening! Yes, I think you need some brass to go motown!

djippy wrote:

Très cool. J'aime beaucoup le coté "raw" des guitares, mais l'orchestration avec les patches de "brass" et tout ce qui se passe fit vraiment bien ensemble. Bien joué.

Merci! En fait j'aimerais bien pouvoir programmer des cuivres qui sonnent bien mais c'est pas simple. Donc pour l'instant quelques bons samples de cuivres et ca passe. smile

Alette wrote:

Great instruments on this and so nice guitar melodies! The brass is good adding for this big energy action sound. Fun song!

Thank you!

ScanianWolf wrote:

What a fantastic track, I like everything about it!

My favourite so far!

Wow cool thanks a lot. That's a very nice comment!

Mission Crossing wrote:

Very funky. Nice work!

Thank you for listening!

CosmicCairns wrote:

The funky bass is great and the horn sounds really sell the 70's vibe.

Yes, a bit stereotypy maybe smile

danju wrote:

The horns on this are amazing!

To be honest this comes from a fantastic sample pack on Splice.

NWSPR wrote:

Massive sounds of the 70s!  Love that wha guitar lead and the horn blast at the end is perfect.  Great 70s funk rock sound.

Thanks a lot - i enjoyed recording the guitar, going a bit loose and having some fun. The 70s had a lot of great music!

Machine Gun Ibiza wrote:

this has a lot of potential. maybe it's a good idea to give this track a little clearer direction. the drums are the best part in my book. great playing, good sound, nice room. you could take these to build a real nice and authenticrhythm section by replacing the synth bass with a real one. the reggaeesque keyboard could be  tinnier to get the 60s vibe going. the electric guitars are great. the brass stabs sound very library-ish. maybe they will sit better in the mix if you reduce the frequency bandwith to only mids, and place them in a nice room, preferably one that is close to the one on the drums. thaz said, i don't really know if you really want that kind of advice, or if you just want to play around a little for fun, which is also good, of course... big_smile

I appreciate the comment a lot. The time you took and the very constructive points are very helpful for me to improve the track and my skills. That's one of the reasons i'm on Weekly Beats so bring it on! smile
Both the drums and brass are from sample packs on Splice. I find it hard to program good drums and I'm even worse at brass. So i use samples for now but am looking to get better. I'll try to use the advices you shared, with eqing and volume adjustments. I guess listening to some reference tracks while mixing could be a way to get closer to the target sound.

The synth bass - yeah I must admit i got lazy there and just used a preset whereas I could have recorded it with my bass. Thanks for the comment and the great advice!

December 1, 2020 1:08 pm

This was an epic ride.  Love the drums especially when the guitar solo comes in.  At times with the brass it reminded me of some cool funk bands like 'Lettuce' or 'The Budos Band' (which I highly recommend). 

December 2, 2020 5:19 pm

Given me Mario Kart 8 Deluxe vibes with that brass!

December 2, 2020 5:33 pm

Yo, this groove is boss. Drive that sucker down the road man.

December 4, 2020 12:02 am

This is so good I had to scan the comments to see if these were real instruments or samples!  TERRIFIC job might be my favorite of yours just yet!!!!!

That drum fill was really well placed.

I am listening with the speakers C R A N K E D

and now I want to watch James Bond movies

(also with speakers cranked)

December 4, 2020 5:47 pm

this is fun?
traffic is stressful
how was it made?

December 4, 2020 8:40 pm

Yeah, sounds like a 70's blaxploitation movie chase scene perhaps. Love this style. I thought bit of Budos Band as well. Cool ideas for improvement pointed out in comment above, sounded pretty spot on. Great use of samples, and taking an idea and some inspiration and executing something.

December 6, 2020 6:01 pm


i'm not sure that gif fits with your most excellent track but when trying to find parking lot gifs... this one was just well... wow & even funnier with a soundtrack

December 7, 2020 12:57 am

Excellent layering, the rhythms stack together really well that allows each instrument to have its own spot in the mix to shine. It's not just good mixing, it's also good mindful composition smile.

December 7, 2020 1:26 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

This was an epic ride.  Love the drums especially when the guitar solo comes in.  At times with the brass it reminded me of some cool funk bands like 'Lettuce' or 'The Budos Band' (which I highly recommend).

I did not know about these bands. I'll check them out, good funk is always welcome!


Ipaghost wrote:

Given me Mario Kart 8 Deluxe vibes with that brass!

Devieus wrote:

Yo, this groove is boss. Drive that sucker down the road man.

Thank you! Can't do that though, there are cars stopped around me everywhere.

orangedrink wrote:

This is so good I had to scan the comments to see if these were real instruments or samples!  TERRIFIC job might be my favorite of yours just yet!!!!!

That drum fill was really well placed.

I am listening with the speakers C R A N K E D

and now I want to watch James Bond movies

(also with speakers cranked)

Thanks a lot for this, I really appreciate it! smile

gesceap wrote:

this is fun?
traffic is stressful
how was it made?

Traffic is indeed stressful though the positive side of a traffic jam is that the risk of a catastrophic accident is obscenely low. Maybe the bikes that drive at full speed between cars?
It was mainly bass driven, with a bass preset from FLEX and then used drums sample from splice (Organic vol 1, such an awesome pack) and brass samples from splice as well. And then guitar recordings, reorganizing of the track, random casino hit and here you go.

miraclemiles wrote:

Yeah, sounds like a 70's blaxploitation movie chase scene perhaps. Love this style. I thought bit of Budos Band as well. Cool ideas for improvement pointed out in comment above, sounded pretty spot on. Great use of samples, and taking an idea and some inspiration and executing something.

I'll definitely check the Budos Band then!

emily wrote:


i'm not sure that gif fits with your most excellent track but when trying to find parking lot gifs... this one was just well... wow & even funnier with a soundtrack

I am fascinated by this gif with its random example of animal violence. What possessed this duck to be so aggressive with this poor lady? It even went into the car. And who was filming the whole scene to post it on the internet?

ViridianLoom wrote:

Excellent layering, the rhythms stack together really well that allows each instrument to have its own spot in the mix to shine. It's not just good mixing, it's also good mindful composition smile.

Thank you very much! smile

December 7, 2020 6:45 pm

I am fascinated by this gif with its random example of animal violence. What possessed this duck to be so aggressive with this poor lady? It even went into the car. And who was filming the whole scene to post it on the internet?

>>>--->it's a gif that just leaves you with more questions

December 7, 2020 10:22 pm
emily wrote:

I am fascinated by this gif with its random example of animal violence. What possessed this duck to be so aggressive with this poor lady? It even went into the car. And who was filming the whole scene to post it on the internet?

>>>--->it's a gif that just leaves you with more questions

at first I thought the duck/goose was trying to protect the lady from being hit, but then it seemed like it was trying to attack her, but THEN it seemed like it was trying to convey private information about the driver that the duck/goose didn't want the driver to hear (HE'S A SPY)

December 8, 2020 3:05 am

This is so dope, drums are fantastic, love the energy, definitely has a 70’s vibe, guitar is insane!

December 8, 2020 3:10 am

Just listened again for the third time, definitely one of the top weeklybeats tracks all year

December 9, 2020 3:21 pm

I am impressed how you invent and reproduce certain genres. I can feel the motown vibe very well, even the secret nuances of mixing and mastering are not 100% identical. You can`t record on tapemachine and saturate the famous wall of sound they had in those days. The guitar and drums are groovy as hell. Well done.

December 13, 2020 10:56 am

The guitar lines work for me man and the guiro of course.  haha.  I kind of like how it's essentially got an old school drum and bass break for the beat. I'm a bit of a fan of blacksploitation cinema and the music that goes along with it.

December 13, 2020 7:59 pm

Oh my Laawwd!!

This is so liit!!

Well done man!! Work of Art...

*clap emoji* *clap emoji* *clap emoji*

December 13, 2020 8:00 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Just listened again for the third time, definitely one of the top weeklybeats tracks all year

I second that.

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