Crate Digging with Andrew Wowk – March

Our in-house selctro Andrew Wowk returns with 10 essentials any DJ needs for their crate

  1. The Paradox – Twilight [Axis Records]

https://theparadox-jeffmills-jeanphidary.bandcamp.com/album/counter-active

Recorded live in one take, this free-flowing jam takes in elements of techno, soul, jazz, and funk, merging Jeff Mills’ futuristic soundscapes and expert drum programming with Jean-Phi Dary’s sophisticated, warm, and organic approach to music.

  1. Astryd – Unlearn [Dialogue]

https://astrydmusic.bandcamp.com/track/unlearn

A dark, tense, and melancholy breakbeat techno trip from the UK duo centred around and ever-evolving synth loop and rugged, mechanical beats.

  1. Masha Motive – Sweet Dripping Resin [Voitax]

https://voitax.bandcamp.com/album/the-imponderable-bloom

Showing a level of finesse with his debut release which matches many that of veterans, this is heavy, gritty, and dense leftfield jungle courtesy of label co-founder Christoph Siegert.

  1. Aagentah – From Empire [YUKU]

https://aagentah.bandcamp.com/album/from-empire

The title track from the Manchester producer’s concept album balances his energetic, UK underground dance music influences with experimental, intelligent sound design through FM synthesis. 

  1. Steve O’Sullivan – Wyrdd

https://triprecords.bandcamp.com/album/green-trax

Originally released on O’Sullivan’s label Green in the late 90s, this trippy, energetic, and groovy minimal techno cut gets a re-release via a compilation of tracks produced between 1995 and 1999 on трип.

  1. Goreshit – Sunless [Suck Puck Recordz]

https://suckpuck.com/album/fuk-the-borders-v-a-vol-5

Ambient-meets-gabber-meets-IDM-meets-breakcore on this otherworldly banger which blends driving, distorted drums with lush, spacious pads and dusty chords.

  1. Julia-Sophie – I Wish [Slow Dance]

https://slowdancerecords.bandcamp.com/album/slow-dance-20

Slow-burning indie/electronica that starts with minimal, hypnotic beats and spaced-out atmospherics which rises to a chaotic crescendo of looped vocals, distorted synths, and a huge, overdriven bassline.

  1. SDB – In The Ground [Autonome Records]

https://autonomerecords.bandcamp.com/album/chapitre-04

No-nonsense, loopy, funky techno at its finest. Raw, Detroit-flavoured chords dance around driving, precise drum grooves and a catchy vocal sample.

  1. Two Shell – Speedrun [Livity Sound]

https://twoshell.bandcamp.com/album/soulcity-e-p

Following up their highly successful debut on Livity Sound in 2019, Two Shell’s sophomore release for the label takes their signature steppy, percussive sound and injects it with a psychedelic aesthetic.

  1. Max Watts – Funktionslust 2 [ESP]

https://extrasensoryperception.bandcamp.com/album/funktionslust

The Nashville-based producer shows why he is considered one of the most exciting young talents in the techno world with this slice of machine funk that evokes memories of the golden era of percussive techno. 


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.