Probably best know for his international smash remix of Kid Cudi “Day and Night,” Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia, a/k/a Crookers, continues the journey of the single “Able to Maximize” sonically and visually. The sound is energetic bouncy electro, but not so aggressive that it is raging. The random vocal bits make it stand out by transforming the track into a soundtrack of sorts. Actually, it is a soundtrack for the trippy video which is done in the same style as the WTF master piece “Able to Maximize.” It’s neither surreal nor violent but rather a combination of the two with images coming in and out of focus for a twisted storyline. It also teaches the important lesson that eating pizza makes your beard grow into a monster that attacks you. Picture that? Yeah, it makes perfect sense. Watch out for the forthcoming Sixteen Chapels album which features collaborations with Jeremih, TJR, and Zombie Nation, as well as the aptly-titled “Ghetto Guettta.”
Probably best know for his international smash remix of Kid Cudi “Day and Night,” Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia, a/k/a Crookers, is obviously still in the holiday spirit – as he is giving away downloads of his new single “#Heavy.” The track starts kind of normal, with a bouncy house groove, until a foreboding space/horror movie tone comes in gradually over the beat. Electro and industrial bits begin to appear with skips and stutters. A male voice saying the title #Heavy is repeated by an effected kid voice – as if a call and response – leading to a dramatic rise up to the literal climax (and it’s definitely female). There is a sense of humor and playful perversion here that is seen often in records by other Italian DJs (Benny Benassi/DJs from Mars), though the best comparison is probably the literal “drop” in the recent Cash Cash/Kerli song “Here and Now.” One note to DJs, the ending comes kind of suddenly after the foreboding tone picks up a second time. Aside from the cliched # hashtag in the title, “#Heavy” is a rather strong track, and it’s surprising that it is being given away free as it is one that would probably do quite well on Beatport.