italian duo crookers, aka bot and phra, may have released scarce few tunes into the ether as yet, but their reputation is certainly building. following a few early remixes (including a mix of stefano fontana that was picked up by pete tong), ‘aguas de parco’ dropped to blogs last year and was finally given a full release by big sur last month. blending the rhythm and intensity of baile funk with a harder euro-tech flavour, it was one of the early indications that carioca funk could well leave the confines of brazil and work its way into the wider, global consciousness.
this new crookers track, ‘para de gracinha’, is ripped from the forthcoming ‘funk mundial #3’ release from man recordings. it follows on from two excellent volumes in the series from stereotyp and sinden & herve – and parallels the similarly excellent ‘baile funk masters series’ from the label. the full release features rio mc leka, renowned for her appearances at the local ‘caldeirao’ street bailes, alongside mc dandao from vila lage, cited as “one of the original hot beds of baile funk”. more info at manrecordings.com. stream another excellent fidget-funk track from the release, ‘atomic baile boy’, over at crookers’ murdochspace.
more crookers action over at discobelle where they’ve upped a mix that features a chunk of crookers productions with additional mixes from switch, trevor lovey, speaker junk, herve and more. and while you’re out there, i recommend grabbing ‘aguas de parco’ from itunes too.