Crate Digging with Andrew Wowk – June

Ten essentials for your crate with Andrew Wowk

N-Gynn – 1998 [Superlux Records]
https://superluxrecords.bandcamp.com/album/superlux-002-founding-fathers-va

Taking it right back to the early days of the tech house sound, this deep, heady cut is sure to bring back memories of dancing to the likes of Terry Francis, Eddie Richards et al.

Luke Vibert Presents Amen Andrews – Animen [Hypercolour Records]
https://hypercolour.co.uk/album/luke-vibert-presents-amen-andrews

If there is anyone out there who is more adept at manipulating the Amen break than Luke Vibert, I’d like to know about it.

Chontane – Gora [Rekids Specia Projects]
https://rekids.bandcamp.com/album/healing-ep

Seriously gritty, heads-down breakbeat with a touch of sci-fi electro and fluttery electronica thrown into the mix.

San Proper & Hear – Macha Moves (3Lias & Raphael Merheb Remix) [Naissance Musik]
https://www.deejay.de/San_Proper_%26_Hear_Elephantoms_EP_NM-04_Vinyl__953454

Fans of the more off-kilter, wonky end of house music should jump right on this one. Full of wobbly atmospherics and garbled mechanical sounds, it’s sure to be a hit at after parties.

REQ & Smudge – Change The Beat (ETCH Remix) [Seagrave]
https://seagrave.bandcamp.com/album/smudges-coffee

Veteran beatmaker REQ returns to producing after nearly 20 years accompanied by Smudge, with ETCH on remix duties delivering an absolutely deadly breakbeat workout.

LPP – Kaioken [Quartz Rec]
https://www.beatport.com/release/tecnica/2972428

Driving, hypnotic dub techno from the Argentinian duo on Paul Ritch’s consistently high-quality Quartz Rec.

Dexta & Pepsi Slammer – U Heard Of Us [Lossless Music]
https://losslessmusic.co.uk/album/heater-ep

Breakbeat hardcore is back in a big way with this warehouse-ready slammer from two of the most forward-thinking producers in the game.

Arad – Barn Gate [Voitax]
https://voitax.bandcamp.com/album/radiance-haze

One half of the duo Lakker, Arad strikes out on his own with an excellent chunk of dusty, introspective breakbeat.

Dorbachev & Fred Asquith – Last [Room 2]
https://www.beatport.com/release/the-last-bog-roll/2919969

Getting hammered by everyone from Ben Sims to Slam, this is funky, slamming, percussive techno at its very best.

Om Unit – Righteousness VIP [Cosmic Bridge]
https://omunit.bandcamp.com/album/ulysses-the-unreleased-vip-righteousness-vip

More experiments in the outer fringes of drum & bass and jungle from Om Unit, who continues to push 170bpm music into fascinating new directions.

J Majik – Life Force [Infrared Records]
https://infraredrecords.bandcamp.com/album/j-majik-always-be-2

Drum & bass don J Majik tries his hand at some Detroit-inspired techno soul with excellent results.

Despina – Crash Blossoms [Kindergarten Records]
https://kindergartenrecords.bandcamp.com/album/polychronia

An absolutely filthy, low-down electro cut with sub bass that needs to be felt to be believed.

Locked Groove – Enter Revolution [Locked Groove Records]
https://lockedgroove.bandcamp.com/album/enter-revolution

Intricately layered, densely textured electronica that skirts the line between dancefloor bliss and at-home listening beautifully.

Wave Corners – Even Mike (Dissolver Remix) [трип]
https://triprecords.bandcamp.com/album/hot-steel

Is this techno? Proto-Hard house? Ghetto tech? EBM? I don’t know, but it’s really good.

Homemade Weapons & Presha – The Claw VIP [Samurai Music]
https://samuraimusic.bandcamp.com/album/samurai-hannya-the-vips

If dark, tribal drum & bass is your flavour, look no further. A killer update to an already great track.


Andrew Wowk
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.