Within the world of electronic music, the beat is everything. Particularly if your music is designed to be played in clubs or at raves or festivals, its impact is going to live or die on the strength of your drum groove. That’s why we spend a lot of time focussing on getting the right drum sounds; from buying the best drum machines to gathering pristine sample packs. But having great drum sounds is only half the battle, what’s the use in having great sounding hits if you can’t arrange them into a killer drum groove? It’s that latter part of the equation we’re homing in on with this issue’s cover feature. Join us as we go in deep on constructing drum patterns, adding groove, switching things up for fills and turnarounds and exploring the depths of humanisation and creative polyrhthms.