The long awaited second artist album from Crookers is finally here! The Italian duo fell quiet for the longest time ever since they exploded on the scene a few years ago. If the name Crookers doesn’t mean much to you anymore, be prepared to change your mind with Dr. Gonzo–and no, I don’t think they were thinking of Gonzo, the muppet from Sesame Street. The album is different, not just by Crookers standards, but quite frankly from anything I’ve heard before. Not all Crookers fans will be pleased with the album’s weird concoctions of African tribal sounds and creepy fidget vocals, but I love its originality from start to finish.
Title track Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem starts with a wondrous psychedelic melody that drops into a hard, ear-stabbing Baltimore beat that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Looking for something softer? You certainly won’t find it in any of the tracks here. Explosive track Hummus featuring Hudson Mowhawke holds no prisoners with a big room melody, booming tribal percussion patterns, and a grungy bass line (see official video below). The album also definitely marks a return to Crookers’ older fidget roots, splicing vocals in many of their tracks like in the banger Get the F*ck Out of My House featuring Savage Skulls. Don’t forget to check out the rest of this sick album on Beatport.