DJ Craze

Fabriclive.38

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A DJ who is both a great selector and a skilled cutter and scratcher is a rare and wonderful thing; one whose tastes are Catholic enough to include both current club figures and obscure old-school gems is a thing of wonder. DJ Craze has made a name for himself not only as a scratch DJ and a club DJ, but also as a drum'n'bass producer; however, on his contribution to the Fabriclive series he sticks to breaks and hip-hop flavors, creating a Miami-tinged fusion that incorporates sounds from Bangers & Cash, Chromeo, and Kid Sister as well as downright paleolithic entries from the likes of Miami Jam Crew and even (get this) Earth, Wind & Fire. The first two-thirds of the program are lighthearted party fare: the crazy funk of Tuff Crew's "My Part of Town" (punctuated by Craze's truly wicked turntablism), the complex and propulsive beat of Bangers & Cash's "Loose," and the brilliant "Set It Off" by N.O.R.E.. Towards the end things turn a bit darker, in particular with Deekline & Wizard's downright creepy "Keep It Pushin'." Throughout the program, Craze is careful to give the ladies plenty of rapping room, and that gives the album a particularly colorful feel. Very nice.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:50
2
2:16
3
feat: Cool Kida
2:12
4
feat: Cool Kida
2:38
5
3:22
6
feat: Tuff Crew
3:00
7
feat: Jan Hammer
1:20
8
3:24
9
feat: Lushus
3:07
10
feat: Beat Club
2:33
11
feat: Chromeo / Pase Rock
3:19
12
2:48
13
feat: Blaqstarr
1:01
14
2:50
15
2:59
16
2:44
17
feat: Debbie Deb
1:29
18
1:48
19
feat: Quadrant Six
2:46
20
feat: DJ Laz
1:15
21
2:29
22
2:13
23
feat: Pase Rock
2:11
24
1:55
25
2:15
26
3:06
27
3:48
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