The melancholic collaboration between Deadmau5 and Imogen Heap is an > album title goes here < staple. The pair set to extend the creative vision of releasing “Telemiscommunications” by offering a competition to search for budding animators to create the video. 20 individuals were selected to work in their own style and medium within each part of the animation process. Today at noon EST, deadmau5 and Imogen Heap will be hosting a Google+ Hangout to talk about their collaboration and the unique process behind creating the music video. At the end of the broadcast they will premiere the final video for the first time here.
In addition, the “Telemiscommunications” remix package has also been released today and will feature Crookers, Copy Paste Soul, John Roman and Kölsch, each of whom takes the track for a unique spin through the remix wash. Crookers reimagines Imogen’s vocals with fierce techno beats, Copy Paste Soul take a deep house approach with a bubbling bassline. Kompakt artist, Kölsch’s rendition hypnotizes with rhythmic bass while John Roman’s strips the mix back with tribal drum beats.
Hosted by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and UK-based management group Three Six Zero, the second annual benefit concert for the Children’s Orthopedic Center in West Hollywood will be headlined by everyone’s favorite rodent, Deadmau5. The post-Grammy afterparty sold out last year, raising over $150,000 when Joel performed alongside Rihanna and Calvin Harris, and hopes to do the same in 2013, on February 10th. This year the mau5 is headlining alongside Crookers and Nero with more artists yet to be announced.
Tickets for the event are $264 and available now via Live Nation. For those with a little bit more money to spend, VIP Diamond tickets can be purchased for $564 dollars and will include an open bar, access to the “Diamond Lounge,” limited edition swag, and additional amenities.
Yesterday marked a somber day for electronic music, as Phra and Bot of Crookers announced that they will no longer be working together as a group. While Phra will continue to work under the moniker of Crookers, Bot has decided to pursue other avenues: “After having worked together for more than 8 years now, the time has arrived to start exploring different directions,” Bot said. It is safe to say that Crookers have been been one of the most influential electronic acts of the last ten years, and thus their decision to go separate ways has left many fans heartbroken. Countless artists and fans payed tribute to the duo via Twitter, including A-Trak who wrote: “Big up @crookers.net @bot106 @phrappuccino - soundtrack to an era.”
In the wake of the unfortunate news, Phra has composed a free “Don’t Be Sad” mix. The blistering, electro house mix is an attempt at reassuring fans that despite Bot’s absence, Crookers will continue on. Download “Don’t Be Sad” for free and make sure to leave some heartfelt words for both Phra and Bot. A separation of this magnitude doesn’t happen often. Click past the break for the mix and a full tracklist. (more…)
Hard Events, the organizer that brought us Haunted Mansion in years past, has announced stage lineups for its inaugural Day of the Dead celebration. The event, which will take place on November 3rd features hard-hitting acts like Justice (live), Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Knife Party, Crookers and Soul Clap, among others. It promises to knock your socks off “like no other Hard event before” with an enhanced production and four stages that will keep your eardrums fully engaged at all times. Hard-goers and music enthusiasts are also being treated to some pre-party mix tapes from select performers. Tickets are on sale now. Click past the break to check out the full stage lineups.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything! (more…)
The Crookers duo return to the production front on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label for the first time in two years with the Bowser EP. The three track installment features everything from acid house to techno, and a fusion of hip-hop and house. Crookers have built their reputation on not conforming to a certain sound and always testing their boundaries. This release is no different. Whether it be rocking out at festivals worldwide, or creating their own unique style of electronic music, Crookers always leaves us wanting more. Check out the new EP below.
Crookers and Basement Jaxx – two legendary dance acts who need no introduction – offer refreshingly different takes on WAFA’s “Abandon Me.” The funky Italian duo Crookers use their unconventional and slightly strange electro sound to give this indie track the dance floor appeal it deserves; while the London natives Basement Jaxx return to the remix front with a summertime, pure house rub over. Whether you’re in the mood for a sleek-edged electro awashing or a mellow terrace grooving jam, Crookers and Basement Jaxx have just the tunes to get your festival season rolling.
Crookers‘ latest single, “Hummus”, has a creative music video to say the least. It features an animated Crookers playing a show at a rather raunchy hummus-themed gentlemen’s club. Oh, did we mention that their pet hawk (who it turns out is a huge hummus fan) stars on the pan flute? … As we said, its creative.
The track itself features a catchy pan flute riff and a killer bassline. “Hummus” is getting the full EP treatment with a number of remixes expected to drop next week.
“Hey Hey” has been a huge club hit for some time. We’ve already posted the Funk D and Casey Copa bootleg here on Dancing Astronaut, but a bunch of new remixes of the song just dropped. The first remix is an upbeat electro remix by Vandalism, the producer duo from Australia. The second remix is the newest work by Crookers. Now, Crookers has gotten some flak recently for their movement away from electro/fidget house into newer, somewhat stranger sounds. This remix may get the same type of criticism, but the fact remains this is a very good track. A true drum and bass track with a pretty epic finale. I for one respect their decision to advance their style. They could easily churn out Day N’ Nite remixes, but they’d rather have fun exploring a newer, more interesting sound.
The Crookers return to their electro house roots with this remix of the Outhere Brothers track “Enjoy.” If you are a fidget house fan, this is the track for you. Also check out this video of part of the Crookers set at the WMC. Crookers throwing in some King of Africa in their sets. Gotta love that.