Crate Digging with Andrew Wowk – May

In another round of “must-haves” our in-house selector Andrew Wowk scours the promos for 10 essential tracks you might have missed in May.

  1. Planetary Assault Systems – Bolt [Token]

https://planetary-assault-systems.bandcamp.com/album/say-it-loud

Techno legend Luke Slater returns under his Plaentary Assault Systems alias to celebrate Token’s 100th release with a driving, hypnotic cut that doesn’t skimp on the funk.

  1. Sterac – Ghost 37 [Mote-Evolver]

https://steve-rachmad.bandcamp.com/album/sterac-numbers-e-p

Stellar machine funk from the Dutch master which skirts the line between chaotic and functional perfectly.

  1. ADMN – Technology Is Creepy [Infolines]

https://infolinesmusic.bandcamp.com/album/info003-under-the-bridge

Combining tough, mechanical drums with warm, spacey melodies, Infolines label head ADMN perfectly captures the futuristic, soulful, sci-fi sound of Detroit. 

  1. Fearful x Mtwn – Void [YUKU]

https://fearfulmusic.bandcamp.com/album/exordium

Mostly known for their stripped-down, techy approach to drum & bass, Feraful and Mtwn slow things down with a heaving modular synth jam that transports their style into a new context.

  1. Eddie Hale – Aperture [Denude]

https://www.beatport.com/release/revelation/3208930

The debut release from Australian label Denude showcases Melbourne artist Eddie Hale’s subtle, atmospheric approach to techno.

  1. Function – Spiritually Unconscious (Dissolve) [Tresor Records]

https://tresorberlin.bandcamp.com/album/awakening-from-the-illusory-self

Function’s trademark trippy, otherworldly sound takes a warmer, more melodic direction while retaining its meditative, introspective aesthetic.

  1. Alleged Witches – Parasitic Future [Natural Sciences]

https://naturalsciences.bandcamp.com/album/work-after-machinery

Percussive wizardry and creepy vocal chants take centre stage on this low-slung, booming tribal journey.

  1. Pugilist & Tamen – Time Becomes A Loop [Repertoire]

https://repertoire.bandcamp.com/album/casca-ep-2

A deep, heady jungle ride that showcases the duo’s attention to detail and intelligent sample manipulation techniques.

  1. Black Dahlia – Primate Response (Filmmaker Remix) [Body Musick]

https://blackdahlia.bandcamp.com/album/transmutative-discipline

Brutal, anarchic EBM/electro that pushes the sound forward while respecting its roots.

  1. Barker – Bent [Ostgut Ton]

https://sambarker.bandcamp.com/album/barker002

Barker continues his exploration of the fringes of techno, finding the sweet spot between heavy low end pressure that will work on the dancefloor and spacious atmospherics that are perfect for headphone listening.


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.