2013 will be Crookers' best year to date. A recent split of the Italian duo late last year has led to Phra taking on the Crookers moniker as a solo act, and now it's straight to business as he launches his new imprint, Ciao Records, today with a two-track EP titled 'Giga/A Go Go.' A treat to Crookers fans old and new, the maiden release captures the essence and vitality of the original Crookers sound while incorporating years of new inspiration and influence.
'Giga' builds slowly, creeping to a mammoth Electro bounce peppered with an exclamatory "Ugh!" here and there for good measure, while 'A Go Go' is an industrial-sounding monster reminiscent of the 'Il Cattivo' era but simultaneously showcases a formidable, grungy snarl unlike any Crookers release on record. Needless to say, 'Giga/A Go Go' is only the beginning of the next chapter.
Ciao Records will be the avenue for Phra's creativity and passion for all genres. In the same vein as his friend Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, Phra will curate a varied catalogue spanning the spectrum of dance music.
Finally, each new release on Ciao Records will come with A Few Words From Phra. Here's the first installment...
"Hey, it's me, your future best friend. The one who is always gonna remind u to brush your teeth when you're drunk after a long night in the club...but that's another story. This is the first 2 Crookers tracks (for everybody suggesting I should lose the S from the name, I can now announce that I'm around with a new crew, a MC and a 45 piece orchestra. So leave me alone and God bless the S!) These tracks you're about to hear sound a lil bit old AND a lil bit new, a lil bit cool AND a lil bit not cool. But as my Grandmama always use to say, "In the middle is just right". So try to enjoy it as much the people who sweat their ass's off out on the floor ... it's music to dance to assholes." - Phra