"The Judge" from Twenty One Pilot's latest album, Blurryface, features some interesting tempo changes. The above notation relates to bridge section of the song, at the point where the tempo drops back (2:55).
This compelling groove is heard throughout most of the song, which features on the band's critically-acclaimed debut album, Dummy (1995). Portishead drummer, Clive Deamer, plays a clever, funk-inspired beat with a crescendo roll beginning on beat 4 of each measure. I first thought that the roll must have been overdubbed because you can hear the hi-hat sound on the 'and of 4' – which is impossible to play with only two hands. Studying some live footage shows how he achieves this seemingly impossible feat. There are 3 broken down versions of the beat below to help you learn the roll technique.
This microscopically complex beat played by Damion Reid, sets the tone for Robert Glasper's tune "F.T.B." It features rapid 32nd note paradiddle-diddles played between the hi-hat and snare (beginning on the 'e' of beats 2 and 4). Meanwhile, the bass drum anchors the feel – sounding on beats 1 and 3. The drum part evolves organically throughout the piece while maintaining a relaxed vibe.
The only difference between these two measures is that the second measure does not have a hi-hat note on the 'and of beat 3'. This small variation makes the groove feel less repetitive, even though it was programmed to play throughout the entire song.
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