Part Time Heroes

Part Time Heroes

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Ross Wakefield and Toby Vane (as they’re known to the taxman) harnessed their shared influences, ranging from Public Enemy and Joe Cocker to Elbow and Nick Drake, and began to create their own unique supersonic sound. They invited selected friends and musicians to bring more of a live element to their recordings, including newcomers Jono McCleery (Music Weeks ‘Best Unsigned Act of 2005’), Lucy Kitchen, Bridgette Amofah (Oi Va Voi), Pete Simpson (Elektrons), BBC Jazz award winner and Ronnie Scotts’ fave Liane Carroll (London Elektricity) and Laura Vane (MJ Cole, Hardkandy). 2006 saw the duo release their debut recording, the ‘Realise’ EP, earning them global critical acclaim, and radio rotation from Zane Lowe, Mr Scruff, Ras Kwame, and Benji B, amongst others. Indeed, Gilles Peterson became the duo’s number one champion, inviting them to record a live session at Maida Vale Studios. By the end of the year the Heroes had landed themselves two nominations at the BBC Worldwide Awards and things were starting to hot up!


  • Lots to play with in this one. Plenty of variation and a broad range of sounds included. Very authentic to the genre, but I've also found a lot of the vocal hits, textures and other individual sounds come in useful when producing other styles.

    Drumpak: Organic House

    Rating: 7/10

    Some great content in this pack. All of the drum sounds are extremely versatile and can be used across numerous electronic genres...or any other style you fancy experimenting with.I'm sure they will come in handy all over the place.

    Have enjoyed exploring this pack, very much indeed. Lots of great variety to work your way through. I really recommend having a play with the various drum hits. There's some gold in there. The only slight issue is the fact that there aren't nay ready made samplers.

    Deeper Underground

    Rating: 7/10

    A nice pack, this one. Have very much enjoyed playing around with it recently. The sounds are super authentic and there's plenty of room for experimentation. The stand out elements for me are the drums sounds and the various drum/percussion loops. Certainly worth adding to your library!

    Been a big fan of his productions for a while now, so it's really pleasing to see a sample pack like this from him. A great range of sounds to use and some seriously good drums. Definitely worth looking at if you're into his sound!

    Hugely impressed by this pack. The selection of sounds on offer are top notch and all really usable. The bass sounds are super as are the drum kits. It's really worth experimenting with all the various drum loops too, as there's so much variation in them, which provides lots of room for trying out all sorts. Definitely worth grabbing!

    Traditional Percussion

    Rating: 9/10

    A really, really useful addition to anyone's sample library. No matter what genre of music you make, there's plenty in this package that you'll find a variety of use for. It offers lots of opportunity for experimentation to help give your beats a unique edge.

    Been having loads of fun with this one. A very useful bit of kit indeed. Plenty to play with, some great drum sounds, really interesting synths and the rev fx are absolutely corking! Definitely worth a look for fans of his production. Get stuck in.

    Boom Bap Breaks 2

    Rating: 7/10

    Another strong release form this camp. Super authentic and lots of nice variation. If you're looking to recreate that boom bap/golden era sound, there's lots in here that can help you on your way. Great loops and tasty one shots!

    Mainroom DnB

    Rating: 7/10

    Have been using this one a lot since I got it a few months ago. Not being hugely immersed in drum and bass production, this pack works really well as a one-stop shop for exploring current, mainstream, sounds. Well worth a look.

    Summer DnB Vibes

    Rating: 8/10

    Some super tasty stuff on this one. Quickly becoming a big fan of Singomakers. Their releases are always bang on point. Fantastic drum and percussion loops, and some lovely FX. The drum fills are really handy as well. Not something that you see enough of.

    Future House 3

    Rating: 7/10

    Loads to play with in this one. Tons of ready made musical loops. If that's what you're after, then this pack is definitely one for you. The fills are superb and you can make them your own with added FX etc. The top and percussion loops are super useful as well.

    Tropical Pop

    Rating: 7/10

    Does exactly what it says on the tin. Bang on genre and super in line with current pop/mainstream electronica. Plenty to work with here. This one is definitely worth checking out if you're in search of that summer chart topper.

    House Exposure

    Rating: 7/10

    Some really great sounds on here. The only slight issue is that there could have been a few more of them. In particular the drum hits. However, the loops are fantastic and provide lots of opportunity for a wide range of use and the FX are great too.The other good thing about the loops, is that they offer some great insight into constructing your own loops from scratch.

    Summer Anthem House

    Rating: 7/10

    Bang on genre! Super decent quality samples for anyone that might be having a spot of bother capturing that authentic chart topping sound. The loops are great too, loads of scope for experimentation. Look forward to the next one, could definitely use more of this sort of pack.

    Absolutely cracking pack. Was really great to explore this one as I'm a huge fan of these guys' production. Super classy and full of interesting touches. Definitely worth grabbing!

    Organic Percussion

    Rating: 7/10

    A lot of great quality and really usable stuff in this one. Plenty to work with and nice variation. Should benefit producers across a range of genres.

    Really like this pack. In particular the Foley samples. I'm always on the look out for unusual hits to use in my beats and this lot is a welcome addition. Lovely piano hits as well!

    House & Nu Disco

    Rating: 8/10

    Like this one, a lot. Definitely worth getting if you want to bolster your sample arsenal. Absolutely fantastic loops! I'll be dipping into this one often.

    Decent pack this one. Could have done with a few more of each type of sample, especially the drums, but the sounds that are there a great. Really like the synth hits!

  • Deep House & Nu Disco

    Rating: 8/10

    Very nice package here. Tons of really tasty content. Nice variation across the samples and some lovely effects! I know I'll be returning to one a lot.

    This ones been useful for sure. Lots of great drum sounds and the synth elements are nice too. Definitely a worthy addition to any library.

    French Electro House

    Rating: 8/10

    Not being hugely familiar with this style of production, I found this pack a great starting point. Very easy to set yourself up and to get things in motion. The percussion and drum loops are superb!

    Right on the money...super authentic and loads to work with. I'd definitely recommend this pack to anyone looking to explore the genre. Fingers crossed there'll be more!

    Ultimate Risers

    Rating: 7/10

    A really nice pack. Plenty of variation in the samples and can be used across a variety of genres. Loads of room for experimentation too.

    Futuristic Electronica

    Rating: 7/10

    Plenty of fun to be had with this one. Nicely put together and great quality sounds. Would certainly recommend.

    Definitely worth checking out. Been having lots of fun with this pack over the last month or so. A great selection of kits and super authentic sounds.

    Tropical Trap

    Rating: 7/10

    Definitely had fun with this one. Was hoping for a few more mallets, but all of the content is certainly useful and offers lots of possibility.

    Absolutely fantastic! Perfectly on genre and incredibly versatile. Highly recommend this one. All the drums and one shots are brilliant. Will certainly be reaching for this one a lot!

    CAPSUN Presents Trap

    Rating: 8/10

    A really strong pack. A great selection of sounds. The brass, chord and synth hits/stabs are well worth a look. Getting downloading and start experimenting.

    Man vs Machine

    Rating: 8/10

    Cracking stuff! Plenty of variety and super authentic. If you're after some synthetic nostalgia, then this is the pack for you. A lot of fun to be had and handy for lots of genres/tempos.

    House For Your Mind

    Rating: 8/10

    Some real niceness here! Great loops and hits, full of texture and variety. Some very nice FX as well. Will definitely get a lot of use out of this lot!

    Hip Hop Instrumentals

    Rating: 7/10

    Have enjoyed tinkering with this pack very much. Very nice drum hits and FX, plus some good musical loops. The kit demos are a nice touch too as they help illustrate beat composition.

    Dub & Reggae Sirens

    Rating: 7/10

    Always on the lookout for decent and varied spot FX, so this will come in super handy! More of the same please.

    A really tasty pack. For producers that want to make their tunes as authentic as possible, but don't have the budget or access to players to hit the nail on the head, then this is a answer to a fair few problems.

    Simply House Drums

    Rating: 8/10

    Exactly as it says on the tin. Very clean, very, simple, but above all, a very useful tool for aspiring house producers. The kits are superb!

    UK Deep House

    Rating: 7/10

    Liking this pack! Some fantastic musical loops, great hits and one shots, but the most useful aspect of this pack (in my opinion) is the drums. Well worth the purchase and plenty of opportunity to experiment within your own productions.

    A very nicely put together package. Anyone looking for a sprinkle of grit and some authentically earthy edge to their productions should get involved with this one. Beautifully constructed drum loops that will prove useful across a wide variety of electronic genres. Well played!

    Like this one a lot. Very simple, but straight to the point. Everything on it is really useful. Tight drums and some fantastic stabs too. A one stop shop for emergency beat making!

    Ultimate Hip Hop 2

    Rating: 8/10

    Nearly as good as Vol. 1. More great drum hits and some lovely stabs on this one too. The breaks are super clean and really authentic. A bit more contemporary too, so a handy progression from Vol.1

  • Ultimate Hip Hop

    Rating: 9/10

    An absolutely cracking release. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into Hip Hop production, especially the Boom Bap/DJ Premier style of beats. The drums loops and hits are superb. Has inspired me to get stuck into some choppy-ness!

    Future Ambient Drone

    Rating: 7/10

    Very nice indeed...some super powerful drum loops on this, will definitely add impact to your production. The pad and noise content is well worth a look too.

    JQR Drum n Noise

    Rating: 7/10

    Some great sounds in here. Have had lots of fun experimenting with them. Useful across a lot of genres.

    Really enjoyed this one. Learned a few nice new tricks, plus it's very useful for producers who are often up against it time wise and want to quickly audition a few options.

    Lots of great sounds in this one. Definitely highly recommended for people just getting their head round Massive. If you need a quick, authentic solution then I'd reach for this. Look forward to more!

    Very nice indeed. Had loads of fun with this little lot. A nice lot of variation and plenty of room for exploring/creating your own sounds. I look forward to checking out more of the same, some really good ideas here.

    Cracking stuff. Been having loads of fun with this recently. Lots of variation and a great selection of sounds. I highly recommend the FX and rhythm loops. Really authentic business...get stuck in!

    A great idea this. As someone who's employed techniques like this for you years in my productions, I'm forever on the hunt for more textures to add to my work. This also works as a nice tool for people who want to experiment with these sorts of sounds for the first time. Could have done with some more, but that's just me! Thanks...R

    Some fantastic sounds in here. Not only handy for general use, but moreover it encourages you to experiment yourself, by trying out similar channel strip settings of your own using different sounds as starting points. It's very easy to get stuck in familiar territory with your own method of working, but being presented with all of these various settings can be a huge help in getting you to follow a different direction. Looking forward to the next one!

    Like this a lot! I've been a big fan of his production over the years, so it's great to find him involved with Loopmasters and get a glimpse into his studio components. I particularly dig all of the percussion loops.

    Absolutely love this pack. Definitely going to have loads of fun with it. The stand out feature is all of the glitch FX. There's some truly fantastic samples in here and you can get stuck straight in without having to program it all yourself. A little lazy I know, but we're allowed to be sometimes eh?!

    Great pack. A really nice cross-section of sounds. Easy to use and they achieve a super authentic end product. Highly recommended and look forward to more.


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