For the last five years, the Italian DJ/production duo [artist id=”2564375″]Crookers[/artist] have been around the world and back, setting the international dance-music scene ablaze with their epic DJ sets and trademark remixes. Their most renowned remix, of Kid Cudi’s “Day ’N’ Nite,” entered the U.K. singles chart at #2, and even enjoyed some serious rotation on U.S. radio. But after remixing choice cuts by everyone from Britney Spears to Timbaland to Lady Gaga, where do they go from here?
According to Phra and Bot, you keep on keeping on. Since their enormous break with “Day ’N’ Nite,” “not so much has changed,” they said. “We’ve just continued touring and producing … and touring a lot … and then producing.” But the production isn’t limited to remixes anymore.
Their debut LP, the aptly named Tons of Friends, boasts a jaw-dropping roster of featured artists, including Kelis , Pitbull, Will.I.Am, Spank Rock, Miike Snow and another collaboration with Kid Cudi. For the dance-music oriented, the LP also features Soulwax, Yelle, Major Lazer and Drop the Lime.
As eclectic-sounding as the guest roster itself, the LP showcases the breadth of Crookers’ production skills in terms of the featured artists. More often than not, the guests meet them halfway — we hear Kid Cudi on “Embrace the Martian,” but the Crookers’ watermark still stands out prominently.
The privilege of working with these A-list artists is not lost on Crookers. “It’s really weird because it’s people who [we] see on MTV — you’re fans of these guys and then it happens that they talk about you, or you can do stuff with them. … It’s really surprising. It’s funny, surprising, amazing and cool!”
Having established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, Crookers are poised to skyrocket to the top of the production game.
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