Monday, August 12, 2019

BACKING TRACKS: August's FREE Backing Track. Slave To The Rhythm.

'Work all day, as men who know,
Wheels must turn to keep, to keep the flow.......'

August's FREE backing track is here. 
A meaty, modern take on Grace Jones' dark, mystical 1985 classic Slave To The Rhythm.

As usual, a cover version rather than an attempt at a carbon copy, so you'll be adding an original element to your set list rather than just another inaccurate, boring karaoke version. 

Quite a complex track with many elements, this was the first time I could have used more than my available 16 tracks on a backing track. So there were a few elements that I just didn't have the available track space for. Still, less is more, I guess. 

The tabla loops in the second verse, final chorus and outro give this version a dash of the mystical East and the polysynth splashes from the second verse on give the track some added power and 'bite'. I think!

I think it could really have done with some funky guitar. Something along the lines of the original. So if you happen to know a funky guitar player perhaps you could persuade them to do some overdubs.  

Not really any kind of extended version this time, this one pretty much follows the structure and length of the original. Think we're in the key of C# for this one. 

The pure backing track version is available below at my account. The download link is:

As usual, I've also included a link to a version with an instrumental top line so you can follow the vocal line and know where each verse/chorus/bridge section is, etc.


The free download is a basic MP3 (196kbps) file. I can remaster it in MP3 (320kbps), or WAV for enhanced quality. 

I can also perform edits so if you want sections repeated/removed, key changed, etc, let me know. 

I try and do one free backing track per month alongside my other work so why not follow/like my Facebook Page for updates and news.

Custom Backing Tracks: 

I do custom backing track and programming work, and I also have original songs for artists looking for original material for demos, career development, and repertoire, etc. Please contact me via for collaborative suggestions or licensing, etc. 

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Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy your new backing track. 

Look out for another one for September!

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