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.
by Rick Anderson