Burial Groove Patterns

Dubstep is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the late Nineties in London. People associate dubstep with Skrillex but there are a lot of great artists such as Burial, SBTRKT, Kode9, Knife Party to name a few. Listen to songs with drum parts played by a drum machine is very important for me, so last night I transcribed some stuff from one of my favorite electronic artists.

William Emmanuel Bevan, known as Burial is an electronic recording artist and producer from South London, his music combines dubstep, UK garage, and drum ‘n’ bass. He doesn’t use a traditional sequencer, preferring to create his tracks in an audio editor, using a lot of samples, sound fx and in particular drum parts that don’t rigidly fit to a regular grid. I chose five tunes from his discography (2007-2014) that includes also collaborations with Massive Attack, Four Tet, and Thom Yorke.

Burial Grooves - 5 transcriptions of his beat

Here you can download the .zip file with the drum transcriptions and an audio example for each groove.


These grooves should be played with a “swung” interpretation, make sure to listen to the original tracks.


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