In a monthly series, our in-house selector Andrew Wowk lists his top 10 essential picks for the month.
#1. Peggy Gou – Shero [Needs – Not For Profit]
The Berlin-via-Korea house maestro lays down warm chords, punchy drums, and funky bass for the charity focused Needs label.
#2. Monoloc – Tear Off [Unterland]
Meditative, immersive electronica that blends warm tones with glitchy effects.
#3. Manni Dee – Smut [Tresor]
Brutal, nihilistic industrial techno that takes sound design and manipulation to a whole new level.
#4. Mathew Jonson – Decompression (Deadbeat Remix) [Freedom Engine]
A spaced-out, dubby interpretation of the minimal classic that retains its grit while taking it into heady new directions.
#5. Mella Dee – DG Redux [Warehouse Music]
Hefty, up-tempo, loop-based grooves with a delicious disco edge.
#6. Miss Kittin & The Hacker – Love On 26 [Dark Entries Records]
A previously unreleased gem from the 90s, this is Miss Kittin and The Hacker at their arty, irreverent, and weird best.
#7. JK Flesh – Wasplike [Inner Surface]
Justin Broadrick, the guy from Napalm Death, Godflesh, and Jesu making techno. Nasty in the best way possible.
#8. Brame & Hamo – Limewire [Brame & Hamo]
A lovely little slice of warm, melodic breakbeat that gives a firm nod to the 90s with some classic breaks and a beautiful piano lead.
#9. Rasmus Hedlund – Intet Efter Allt [Ljudverket]
Dusty broken beat techno with a huge, grainy bassline and subtle atmospherics.
#10. X-Altera – Check Out The Bass [Ghostly International]
Future jungle? Post-dubstep? Breakbeat hardcore? Call it what you what, it doesn’t change the fact this is a slammer of a tune full of uplifting rave chords, sub-rattling bass, and cheeky ragga vocals.