Isolated vocal tracks have been all the rage for the last few years, and for good reason. From undeniable a capella ear-pleasers like Outkast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad” to the forever-hilarious clip of David Lee Roth caterwauling through “Running With The Devil”, it’s always a treat to be welcomed inside the booth.
Open Culture has now made the same case for rhythm sections with a series of isolated bass and drum tracks. Zoning in to the powerhouse dynamics of Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and John Bonham, the hoser-prog precision of Rush’s Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, The Pixies’ Kim Deal locking in with the far less celebrated David Lovering, or a classic example of laying back in the cut from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr can all teach whippersnappers a few tricks. It’d be great to hear one of these from The Slits’ Tessa Pollitt and Palmolive if anyone can make that happen.
Check out the isolated rhythm tracks below: