Vintage Drum Breaks by Simon Allen - Simon Plays


An original drum break record by Simon Allen.

This record (digital version) has been created as a resource for sample-based music producers and provides a selection of 4/4 grooves and breaks: from minimalist to intricate, straight to swung, and also includes single hits of vintage kicks, snares, hi-hats, toms and cymbals, all recorded at ATA Records Studio A with 1960s analog recording gear onto 2” tape before being mixed and mastered for vinyl.

Simon Allen is the drummer and co-founder of British funk quartet, The New Mastersounds. Since the band formed in Leeds, UK in 1999 he has played drums on all twelve of their studio albums and toured extensively across North America, Europe and Japan. On his adventures with NMS, Simon has jammed with funk and soul-jazz legends such as Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, Art Neville, Lou Donaldson and Melvin Sparks, as well as fellow drummers Bernard Purdie and Zigaboo Modeliste, all of whose music has profoundly influenced his “deep pocket” approach to the drum kit.


  • An original drum break record by Simon Allen of The New Mastersounds
  • 16 x 4/4 grooves at 33 RPM (Digital Version features 24-Bit WAVs)
  • Single hits of kicks, snares, toms, hi hats & cymbals
  • Played on a vintage 50’s kit & Recorded with
  • 60’s analog recording gear on to 2” tape - then mastered by Lewis Parker
  • For fans of funk, soul, library records & old film soundtracks 

Hear the Drums in Action: