Maybe you could add a point of interest. It doesnt need to be a synth line or something like that It just needs to keep the progression a bit further. You could add in some Minimal type of percussions and make em pop out more than the rest of the percussions (in this sample i only hear some hats and a snare so there is room for more ) and over the span of the sample glitch em out (maybe with a bigger swing on them)
thanks for the feedback! I will definitely find some ideal little percs for swinging around with and the sidechain yes - i thought that thing was a little too intrusive, but lowering the volume did not fix it in the correct way.
thank you both! I will post the completed version in a week or so