Crate Digging with Andrew Wowk – 10 Great Tracks From July

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The sheer volume of new music released on a daily basis means that for even the most dedicated enthusiasts, some gems will invariably go unnoticed. Crate Digging is a monthly roundup of top-tier tracks you might have missed from across the electronic music spectrum.

From obscurities uncovered during trips down Bandcamp rabbit holes to the latest releases from legendary artists, Crate Digging is here to keep your collection up to date.

1. Donato Dozzy & Rumi – Flusso [Rebirth]

Maestro of hypnotic techno Donato Dozzy teams up with Rumi to pay homage to the early pioneers of the Italian underground scene with “Flusso,” a chugging, deep, tribal-tinged house cut. Organic percussion snakes around a spacious low end groove, while moody vocal chants and dreamy pads add a layer of slowly building tension.

2. Biesmans – Sunday Love [Rhythm Cult]

Biesmans delivers warm, uplifting house sounds with just the right amount of oomph. “Sunday Love” combines swinging, chunky drums, catchy vocals, and reverbed chord stabs to create a delightful groove before introducing a beautiful, euphoric breakdown at the track’s midpoint.

3. Nite Fleit – Like I Used To Be [Steel City Dance Discs]

Taken from Nite Fleit‘s debut album, “Like I Used To Be” showcases the more melodic, introspective side of her music. Dreamy chords, synthetic melodies, a melancholy vocal, and otherworldly effects take turns at the forefront of the track, underpinned by tight, snappy drums.

4. Possible People – Loving Is Hard [Extra Spicy]

Extra Spicy continue their hot streak with a slice of deep jungle from Australian duo Possible People. “Loving Is Hard” revels in its nostalgia for early works from the likes of PhotekLTJ Bukem, and Omnio Trio. It blends airy breaks, lush pads, reverbed vocals, and punchy sub to create a heady, swirling and captivating atmosphere.

5. Michael Diamond – Submerged [Vāsuki Sound]

A strong start for both Vāsuki Sound and Michael Diamond, “Submerged” draws from his experience as a resident of long-running underground night Simple, and his deep love of jazz and harmony. The result is an ethereal, bass-heavy, and expansive electronica piece that tugs on the heart strings.

6. Client_03 – Autonomous Correction [Client_03]

The enigmatic Client_03 is one of the most exciting producers in the contemporary electro scene, and “Autonomous Correction” shows exactly why. With its tight, bouncy beats, gritty bass line, quirky effects, and infectious energy, it blends elements of footwork and electro into a guaranteed dance floor slayer.

7. Lux Prima – We Shall Erupt [SaS Recordings]

A psychedelic midtempo slice of electronica, “We Shall Erupt” is from Lux Prima‘s forthcoming album on SaS Recordings. Quirky arpeggios, filtered pads, analogue drums, and driving bass bring noise, dissonance, beauty and harmony together into a captivating whole.

8. DJ Steaw – I Can’t Feel It [Kaoz Theory]

Paris-based DJ, producer and label owner DJ Steaw joins Kerri Chandler‘s Kaoz Theory with a peak-time house jam that encapsulates the classic vibes of ’90s New York City. Steaw’s penchant for adding a raw edge to his productions comes through thanks to the gritty bass hook, euphoric organ lines, and ethereal chords.

9. Robag Wruhme – Robellada.22 [Tulpa Ovi Records]

Label head Robag Wruhme takes a laid-back, spacious trip through precise sound design, immersive field recordings, organic drums, and hypnotic bells. “Robellada.22” is one of those tracks that cruises along without ever really shifting gears and is all the better for it.

10. LADYMONIX – High Notes [Frizner Electric]

Detroit’s LADYMONIX has had a phenomenal couple of years, continuing the city’s legacy as a hotspot for proper, soulful house music. With its jacking, groovy drums, warm bass line, and catchy saxophone loop, “High Notes” is definitely an apt title.

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