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Reviewer: Craig Anderton Back to Garage Breaks product details

These 40 construction kits, identified with tempo and key, average about 11 loops each, including a mixed demo file. While ther's definitely a garage/punkish vibe, a lot of the loops would fit in a Chemical Brothers CD - and given the tempos (125 to 160 BPM), they could slide into a FatBoy Slim set, too.

Instrumentation is drums, bass, and guitar, with an occasional synth part, effect, or horn riff. The drum parts sound programmed, or at least played with pads into a sequencer-wtih-quantization/electronic drum set combo: but the intense playing - coupled with a lot of ambience and effect - give an engaging combination of very tight and very raw.

Bass get some respect in this set, forming the foundation of many of the pieces and working well with drums. I would have liked to see more alternate parts, but I can cut and paste. The guitars grind, wah, fuzz, and generally misbehave.

It's hard to pigeonhole this set. It's grungy and funky, but not as anarchic as the Punk and Indie Rock set reviewed in the 08/07 issue. And while it has an electronic veneer, it remains true to the sledgehammer garage ethic; there's a lot of power in the loops, yet it doesn't smash you over thehead as much as seduce you first - and then smash you over the head. This is prety cool, and if a band sounded like this, I'd buy their CD.

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