9. Exquisite. Ghosh is perhaps better known for his fusion music, but his Adi Taal is a stunning classical piece. 3. Add to the mix $pyda’s inimitable flow and the result is seriously catchy. Celestine (Symmetry). But tucked away with just two mentions was one of the instigators, one of the original inspirations, Count Basie drummer “Papa” Jo Jones, credited with moving the pulse from the bass drum to the hi-hat in the 1930s, changing the course of time-keeping. Capturing the strangely familiar mix of feelings associated with frequent travel, “Eyes Wide Open” is a poignant rendition of the melancholy goodbyes, the loving embraces and long-awaited reunions, the hours spent in silent introspection on planes, trains, and buses, the excitement, longing, reflection, and, of course, the seemingly endless time spent just waiting that any traveler will be familiar with. The drummer is the heartbeat, the timekeeper, the engine. Sinister and dark, Levela has created perhaps the dirtiest bassline of 2018, and with a simple, rolling pattern, the track is an absolute stinker. As the year comes to an end, we've taken on the challenging task of collating a list of what we think are the 15 best drum & bass releases of 2018 - no easy feat considering the plethora of strong releases coming out every week. His highly anticipated Roots EP released this summer stood as a huge testament to his ability, and “Potshot” is perhaps one of the most memorable tunes of the year. Hold On, I’m Coming, a classic recording from Sam & Dave, showcases the skilled metronomic beat-making of this unshowy maestro. While Cyantific’s Bloodline album was certainly a highlight of the year, the series of remixes that came out after have certainly been another, especially Hybrid Mind’s rendition of the album’s title track, “Bloodline.” Maintaining the elegance and sophistication of Raphaella’s original vocals, Hybrid Minds successfully infuse their unique brand of emotive, opulent drum and bass that tugs at the heartstrings. Highlighting his insane production skills, the track features an impressively large array of all sorts of different sounds, a lot of which we’ve never heard anything like before. After a famously long apprenticeship, tabla players learn use the heel of their hand to change the note of their drum while playing. This song cements his position as drum king – El Rey Del Timbal. Hitting things comes naturally to humans, but it takes years of practice to get into this playlist. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from hundreds of suggestions on last week’s callout. Both went on to make a living hitting things with sticks, Ranken with the Pogues and Pete with our next act, Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Billy Cobham, who comes next, is a jazz fusion drumming wizard who has worked with acts from Horace Silver and Miles Davis to Mahavishnu.