With their latest album ‘Dr. Gonzo’, they bring back the big club vibe with a bunch of heavy kick drums and random weird shit that they do best. The release follows on from their last album ‘Tons of Friends’, which seemed to get a lot of negative feedback EVEN THOUGH it wasn’t that bad. I guess when you’re at the top of the game, people just expect you to always do better than the last effort. Having said that, Dr Gonzo is what Crookers fans such as myself have been waiting.
Most of the album was already released in separate EP’s, however there are a few gems that make it worth buying the entire release.
My picks of the bunch are; That Laughing Track, Dr Gonzo’s Anthem, Springer and Carcola.
It was 2008. I had just downloaded (legally, of course) a whole trove of Ministry of Sound mixes. Oddly pushing its way to the forefront of my mind was a track called “Salmon Dance.” It was unlike anything I had heard at the time and I wasn’t sure how to feel. I warmed up soon enough, and found myself dropping baritone “Wows” when something merited enough of the gasp factor. I was hooked. I grabbed up as much Crookers as I could. Electro was the sound, and these guys delivered a hot steaming slice of banger right to my desktop speakers.
Fast forward to 2011, and Dr.Gonzo is the new monstrous sound of internationally renown Italian duo, Phra & Bot. The new Gonzo project, that features Swedish two-piece Savage Skulls alongside Canadian producers Neoteric and Wax Motif, sees Crookers go back to their roots, serving up three absolute club bangers!
Bust’em Up is an aggy assault on the senses, Get The F**k Out My House is another furious concoction of anger, energy and fun, whilst Springer, the third, is probably the most outlandish. With serious depth and venom this jaunt to another Crookers planet is helped along with an insane spring/bounce cartoon-esque sound effect that one can’t help but effected by.
Crookers are a force to be reckoned with, this new Dr.Gonzo (a nod to Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Lothing…) project is testament to both their skills in the both the booth and in the studio, welcome back!
Crookers – Dr. Gonzo Mixmag Mix (April 2011)
1. Funkin Matt & Teki Latex – Get Loose (Canblaster Remix)
2. Insta:mental – Thomp
3. Crookers ft Savage Skulls – Bust Em Up
4. Boddika – U Tell Me
5. 2562 – Juxtaposed
6. Crookers ft Savage Skulls – Get the F**k Out My House
7. Monarchy – I Won’t Let You Go (Myd & Sam Tiba Remix)
8. XY – Me bacid (Bowski Remix)
9. Mele & Skeet Skeet – AOHell
10. A-Trak – Ray Ban Vision (Luckybeard Remix)