I just did the My Year In Music thing on Spotify. The bands I listened to most are Rylie Walker, Real Estate, and The Walkmen. But I checked out lots of great new music released over the past 12 months. Here's 12 great drum performances from 2015. Tight syncopated grooves, linear electro tracks, jazzy improvisational pieces... Put on some headphones and play along with these tracks. You can read along if you wish, or just click on the youtube link and dig it.
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Moussa Fadera, drums
Not your typical backbeat, but very groovy. It feels like a modern take on a James Brown groove. A quick 5 stroke roll leads off the fill to bring the band in.
A straight ahead 7/8 groove, with a very cool open hi hat “bark” at the end of the phrase. Counting through the chorus and build can be a little tricky, but it appears to stay in 7/8.
"Raising The Stake"---Speedy Ortiz
The open hi hats followed by the measure long fill is the defining characteristic of this drum track.