So … drums have a hard time being really dope ‘on their own’ right now.
There’s noone making forward thinking drum shit atm and maybe not for a few years.
Might be that trap started using drum machines and owning that, putting techno drum machine nerds out to pasture - but thats been happening in the south with hiphip for years.
It’s just mainstream pitching a bunch of snares like kick rolls, by now.
Breakbeats are maybe in vogue in some genres still, but the breakwork has not peaked dnb and people say dubstep turned back into jungle - meaning there’s not that much new real identity to be found there either.
The arty garage-y breaks like Burial or El-B has been done for a while - the whole ‘found object as drums’- thing has been done.
There’s no new technology that is changing the sound of drums either afaik.
You edit some breaks as waves or you put some single shots into an akai.
The editing possibilities that for example happened to vocals like autotune recentish- came from drum programming, so there’s little new territory for a drum sound emerging out of those new ‘time and pitch’ features either.
Although they do sound more natural than before.
We have often have said on snh, that tunes that stand the test of time are tunes with the best drum work.
Seems the last few years have been too retro for it’s own good on the whole.
We need newer drum sounds and newer riddims.
Come on 2020 with that cucumber fresh, apple bite, basketball kick, chain slash drum.