Crookers | The Mid | Dance | Chicago Reader

Crookers Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Sept. 9, 10 p.m. 2011

Crookers deserve much of the credit and/or blame for the biggest flood of frat-house types into the dance scene since "Block Rockin' Beats" hit it big in '97, this time drawn by the Italian DJ/production duo's 2008 remix of Kid Cudi's spacey, minimalist stoner-rap cut "Day 'n' Night"—they'd reimagined it as a throbbing, Red Bull-tempo techno banger with synthesizer-gone-haywire breakdowns borrowed from the burgeoning sound of dubstep. Crookers' recent releases—the SoundCloud mix Summer Delay and a collaboration with several other techno artists under the alias Dr. Gonzo called The Gonzo Anthem EP (Southern Fried)—are subtler than their past work, which typified the overblown sounds of the so-called bloghouse movement. Still, they stick to rave music's traditional build-and-release formula, so they shouldn't endanger their reputation for provoking strobe-lit insanity. —Miles Raymer

Price: $10

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