In a monthly series, our in-house selector Andrew Wowk lists his top 10 essential picks for the month.
Given the sheer volume of new music that comes out every day, sifting through the filler to find gems for your record bag, CD wallet, USB stick, or iTunes collection can be a real time drain. Luckily Decoded’s resident music nerd Andrew Wowk is happy to carry some of the burden, by picking out the underground cuts from the last month that you need to hear. Get acquainted below.
#1. Djrum – Broken Glass Arch [R&S Records]
If there ever was the perfect fit between label and artist, Djrum and R&S Records is it. The UK DJ and producer expertly blends elements of garage, electronica, and epic cinematics in this heavy and heady gem.
#2. Son of Sound – NY Iz All I Know [Delusions of Grandeur]
Proper house music from one of the icons of the New York scene. Looped up vocal chops bounce around a classic disco groove, which is later joined by a chunky saw wave bassline.
#3. The Hacker Feat. Miss Kittin – Time X [Dark Entries]
The legends of French electro and techno team up once again for another slice of sleazy, late night, sex-soaked filth.
#4. Joe Goddard – Truth Is Light (Rimbaudian Remix) [Domino Records]
DJ Seinfeld dons his electronica alias and delivers a wonderfully warm, melodic, and cheeky remix of the Hot Chip frontman’s best track.
#5. Blawan – Mayhem [Ternesc]
Dark, grinding, industrial-flavoured techno that’s aimed squarely at the more adventurous dancefloors.
#6. Mass Digital – Perfect Pictures [Variety Music]
Deep, rolling acid-tinged tech house with a forlorn, melancholy vocal. Late-night-heads-down material.
#7. D&S – Submission [Orbis]
A beautiful atmospheric trip through skittering 808 beats and cosmic synth progressions. One for hazy Sunday mornings.
#8. Sleep D & Albrecht La’Brooy – 31 Degrees [Analogue Attic Recordings]
Melbourne’s Sleep D and Albrecht La’Brooy come together to create some deep magic, with one of the nicest analogue basslines I’ve heard in years. Simple, but highly effective.
#10. Samuel Kerridge – Ascension [Downwards]
Definitely not one for the faint of heart, Samuel Kerridge’s latest sonic assault is a head-spinning mix of scattered beats, otherworldly panning effects, and distorted growls.
#11. Bungle – Knocked Down [Dirty Hole Music]
It was always going to be hard to follow up “Cocooned”, but Bungle’s latest offering is another high quality techy stepper with gritty sub pressure that needs to be played loud on a big system to be truly appreciated.
#12. Max Cooper Feat. Rob Clouth – Corporeal [Mesh]
Max Cooper’s flair for beautiful melodies crashes head first into Rob Clouth’s mastery of glitched-out weirdness, and the outcome is incredible.
#13. Alix Perez & Fracture – Archetype [1985 Music]
Footwork-meets-jungle-meets-crunk in this bassbin shaker. Check the insane drum programming.
#14. John 00 Fleming – We Close Doors [JOOF Recordings]
Forget the fluff, this is trance the way it should be: dark, moody, driving, and just a little bit twisted.
#15. Rick Pier O’Neil – System [Proton Music]
The master of chunky, driving progressive house once again expertly blends punchy low end with fluttering chords and atmospheric washes.