After the phenomenal success of Funk Mundial #2 – ‘Tamborzuda’ by Sinden + Herve (which has grown as one of the biggest party tunes of this year so far) Man Recordings is proud to present number #3 in the acclaimed series. This time it’s the turn of Italian badboy duo Crookers to step up to the plate and give their hyped up version of the baile funk sound.
This duo certainly is a hot ticket: With only two 12“s out (on On Da Brink Records in the UK and Italy’s Big Sur), and a few remixes and mashups made, these two Italian B-Boys have still managed to storm the hearts, blogs and dancefloors worldwide with their crunky booty house sound.
01. Para De Graçinha ft. MC Leka
02. Soca Ali Baba ft. MC Dandão
03. Atomic Baile Boy
When producers cite both J Dilla and Matthew Herbert as their key musical influences, the artistic effort can sound nothing but exciting. The Crookers deliver a Euro crunk definition of baile funk: Nasty basslines, irresistible uptempo grooves and jaw dropping breakdowns, all mashed up with the unique and raw rhyme extravaganza of baile funk MCing.
For their Funk Mundial contribution, Phra and Bot a.k.a. Crookers teamed up with two original Rio funk MCs. The EP opens up with ‘Soca Ali Baba’, a heavy jacking dancefloor smasher which features MC Dandão from the favela Vila Lagé, a Rio community considered to be one of the original hotbeds for baile funk. So far known for his biggest hit ‘Dança da Lombriga’ (Dance of the spoolworm), Dandão delivers a double meaning word play on sexual intercourse in true traditional Rio MC tradition.
On ‘Para De Graçinha’, it’s MC Leka on the mike. Leka is a former Proibidão MC from the Rio community Parque São José that is known for it’s weekly street bailes, most notably the 'Caldeirão' baile. With ‘Para De Graçinha’ (Stop making fun of me) she straightforwardly tells a playboy that his moves don’t impress her, neither the size of his…. 'Wallet’. Last but not least is ’Atomic Baile Boy’, a non-vocal approach to Rio´s baile funk culture. Fired up by a fuzzy bassline, dirty breakdowns it’s a hell of a monster instrumental track.
The Crookers Funk Mundial EP: Three killers, no fillers – this record will burn it up!
‘Schizophrenic Brazilian-infused thug house!’ – One Week To Live
Catch Cookers live at Adventures in the Beetroot Field @ Fabric June 15th