Drawing from influences of house, hip hop and beyond, Crookers blend their beats with the kind of fidget house finesse that gives Potty Mouth Music its soiled swagger. Since 2003, DJs Phra and Bot have been drawing upon their collective musical backgrounds to create tracks that twist, startle and surprise with synthetic pop. Before their collaboration as Crookers, Bot and Phra pursued their music interests on a separate tip.
Major Lazer dropped the duo’s newest single ‘Original Don’ on iTunes yesterday. The single features remixes by The Partysquad & Punish Smash Em and Crookers. Crookers hit this one out of the park. Check it out below.
I’m ashamed for only discovering this masterpiece a few weeks after it was released but if you like hearing good things in your ears you’ll forgive me. Southern Fried Records released their third installment of the amazing Southern Fried & Tested compilation this past February. This installment was mixed by The 2 Bears and Thomas Gandey and features a shit-tonne of new material Southern Fried material that’s been released since the Southern Fried & Tested 2.
As usual theres a bunch of Crookers (from Tons of Friends,) some Panton, Shinichi Osawa, Supabeatz, Thomas Gandey, The 2 Bears, The Black Ghosts and some Armand Van Helden classics. The full track-listing is too glorious not to post so you can check it out after the jump.
Crookers’ new remix album, aptly titled Tons of Remixes, features 2 mixes of Mis Murphy’s Hold Up Your Hand that we probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Subskrpt and Renaissance Man both take on the track. Pick up the EP on Beatport.
Lucky us! Crookers has released a remix album exclusively on Beatport called Tons Of Remixes. The album features remixes of Tons Of Friend’s tracks and the Crooker’s classic Knobbers. If you know me at all you’ll probably realize that I’m super excited for the 2 new Hold Up Your Hand remixes featuring Róisín Murphy. Check out a few of the tracks on Soundcloud below, and grab the release over at Beatport.
Fun fact: The original form of Róisín Murphy collaboration with Crooker’s Royal T is my iTunes 3rd most listened-to track ever. That being said, I’m surprised that the track only comes up 3 times in the blog’s archives… that just won’t do. Lucky for me, Crooker’s label Southern Fried Records released the track as a single and has been promoting the hell out of it via remix packages. The latest package features mixes from House Of House, Kashii and Danton Eeprom. Those mixes join a long list of versions by the (amazing) Riva Starr, Foamo, Panton and The House Moguls.
You can stream the latest remix pack on Soundcloud courtesy of Southern Fried Records, and pick them up on Beatport. I’m also sharing the always fantastic Riva Starr version, so pick that up too. I shared it back in March when it was released on Crooker’s own Tsugi compilation, but I never got around to sharing the full version.
This has to be one of the most eclectic Hip-Hop/Pop releases we’ll see for a while. Crookers, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Boys Noize, Nero and Starsmith all took turns at remixing N*E*R*D and Nelly Furtado’s latest Hot-N-Fun. Crookers is always a win, but hands down Boys Noize’s version is the best. Check out the remixes from other 514 favs below, and grab the entire Hot-N-Fun The Remixes if you like what you hear – it shouldn’t be missed.
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Classic black-and-white shots by photographer Joseph Szabo, from his new monograph Jones Beach. Via GQ. Soulwax + Mixhell teamed up with Crookers for the Tons Of Friends opener We Love Animals. Pick up the amazing toned-down Love Supreme remix of the track, with new Hervé, Simian Mobile Disco & autoKratz.
We Love Animals (The Love Supreme Remix) – Crookers
We Love Animals (Feat. Soulwax & Mixhell) – Crookers
Blaze It – Hervé (EP)
Aspic – Simian Mobile Disco
A. Kick – autoKratz
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