Crate Digging with Andrew Wowk (August)

Our resident crate digging writer, Andrew Wowk, drops 15 essentials you might have missed in August.

  1. Flaty – Say It [ANWO RECORDS]

https://anworecords.bandcamp.com/album/railz

Jittery, bass-heavy juke drums combine with heady, spaced-out sonics for some seriously head-nodding business.

  1. Casual Treatment – Celestial Body [Axis/The Escape Velocity]

The Axis offshoot label continues is stellar run of releases with another trip through the universe, as Casual Treatment explores the origins of life through the lens of conceptual, sci-fi-flavoured techno. 

  1. Sniper1 – Celsius [anyoneknowsuki]

https://sukistyle.bandcamp.com/album/aks003-hidden-credentials-ep-feat-sniper1

A storming breakbeat/electro crossover led by a gritty acid line and tastefully coloured with otherworldly effects.

  1. Sickarone – Airdown [4NC¥]

https://sickarone.bandcamp.com/album/rudecat-2

Thunderous footwork jungle vibes driven by massive sub bass stabs, chopped-up amens, and peppered with lush, dusty chords.

  1. Moktar – Silk [Steel City Dance Discs]

https://steelcitydancediscs.bandcamp.com/track/silk

Futurist breakbeats and growling bass meet chopped and screwed samples of traditional Arabic instruments.

  1. Rosati – Elastik [Sungate]

https://sungaterec.bandcamp.com/album/polymath

The Amsterdam producer channels classic 90’s techno with this chunky, groove-led cut that reminds us that futuristic funk is an essential part of a great techno tune.

  1. Takaaki Itoh – Keys [Blocaus Series]

https://blocausseries.bandcamp.com/album/era-novum-ii

The Japanese techno icon delivers a driving, percussive stomper with a hypnotic edge.

  1. Organit – Extrakt [Tamás Olejnik]

https://tamas-olejnik.bandcamp.com/album/extrakt

A deep, psychedelic roller that straddles the line between techno and progressive house to great effect.

  1. Julien Bracht – Streets [System Records]

https://sys-tem-records.bandcamp.com/album/julien-bracht-now-forever-one

A peak time monster of a track that shines thanks to its sparkling, uplifting melodies and vocals, and chunky, energetic drums.

  1. Mafou – Vodou [Somatic Rituals]

https://mafousomaticrituals.bandcamp.com/album/khezu

One for the heads-down crew, this deep, tribal, and hypnotic journey is best enjoyed with eyes closed and a big subwoofer.

  1. E Davd – 2Worlds (World 2 Mix) [Music For Change]

https://musicforchangeaus.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-change-volume-1

The Australian producer blends warm and soulful chords, reverbed drums, and tasteful vocal samples on this lush breakbeat number.

  1. EQ Why – Juke-A-Lator [Equalized Records]

https://eqwhy.bandcamp.com/album/juke-pack-vol-3

Chaotic, up-tempo juke vibes straight out of Chicago. Turbo vibes.

  1. Karmel Jäger – Your Love [Tooflez Muzik]

https://tooflezmuzik.bandcamp.com/album/tfz011-your-love

A no-nonsense, feel-good house jam which features some creative vocal effects and a memorable breakdown.

  1. Akul – Keep On (Myledo Remix) [Extra Spicy]

https://extraspicy.bandcamp.com/album/xtr-emix

Old school jungle meets contemporary bass music in this charmingly off-kilter banger. Watch out for the deadly “Think break” chops.

  1. Aloka – Inta [Typeless]

https://typelessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/inta

Tasteful, stripped-down IDM/leftfield electronica that balances out its experimental beats and effects with lush chords and synth stabs.


About the Author

Andrew is a DJ, producer, and writer from Sydney, Australia. He loves a wide range of underground electronic music, and loves talking about it as much as he does listening to it. He might have strong opinions, but they're formed on the basis of years of experience and the depth of knowledge that comes from them.