February 5, 2008

Two Turntables, No Microphone (Craze Interview)



Jens Lekman's self-released seven inch doesn't help if Nina drops the cardboard, and The New Pornographers are useless when Cecilia wants to blow speakers. Let's face it - you can't even pop and lock to Aesop Rock.

Your music collection (and game) needs more raw booty house. Old-school electro. Baltimore/Miami bass ghettotech. Deep nods to Tuff Crew, Coldcut and Magic Mike; fresh beats from Bangers and Cash, Cool Kids and Blaqstarr. But where could you get two decades' worth of street in one mix? And can it be here by Friday?

As the only DJ to hold down the DMC World Championships three times in a row, Craze is quite literally one of the best scratch DJs in the world. The world son! So when London's top club commissioned Craze to put up something serious for their FabricLive Series, good things ensued. We sat down with the Miami-based (ha) DJ to discuss the Fabric mix, Baltimore/Miami cartel connections, leaving the DnB scene, and why grape nuts are neither grapes nor nuts.

Listen to the interview here


Tracklist below with a few of the original mp3s (not the mix version). Spoon yourself a hefty serving of Dulcolax before listening, this ish is real tight.

01. Craze – Intro Ft. Armanni Reign - Craze
02. N.O.R.E. – Set It Off Ft. Swizz Beatz and J. Ru$$ - Babygrande
03. Cool Kids – I Rock – Chocolate Industries
04. Cool Kids – Black Mags – Chocolate Industries
05. Bangers and Cash - Loose – Downtown (not appropriate for anyone)
06. Tuff Crew – My Part Of Town - Warlock
07. Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme - Universal
08. Miami Jam Crew – Pretty Girls – Midtown
**. DJ Blaqstarr – Shake It To The Ground Ft. Rye Rye (Acapella) – Mad Decent
09. Lushus – Ho Fo Sho - Craze
10. The Beat Club – Security - Warners
11. Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin’ (Eli Escobar Remix Ft. Pase Rock) – Back Yard
12. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor – Treasure Fingers
13. DJ Blaqstarr – Supastarr – Mad Decent
14. Coldcut – True Skool Ft. Roots Manuva (Switch Remix) – Ninja Tune
15. Earth, Wind and Fire – Brazilian Rhyme - Sony
16. Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul – Ministry Of Sound
17. Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music – Pandisc
18. Magic Mike – Magic Mike Cutz The Record – Cheetah
19. Quadrant Six – Body Mechanic - Atlantic
20. DJ Laz – Red Alert – Pandisc
21. Fresh Celeste and M4 Sers – Give It All To Me – JR Records
22. Bangers And Cash – Shake That - Downtown
23. The Pase Rock – Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge (Klever Remix) – Fully Fitted
24. Kazey & Bulldog – Big Truck – Dress-2-Sweat
25. The Chemical Brothers – Get Yourself High (Switches Rely On Rub) – EMI
26. Kid Sister – Pro Nails Remix feat. Kanye West – Fools Gold
27. DJ Assault – Pushin’ (Deekline, Wizard & Freq Nasty Mix) - Rat

FabricLive.38 is available via UK retail next Monday and stateside in March - and as always, you can sample every song online before buying (great idea). Big ups to Craze and James/Clare from the Fabric Press crew for making the time.

Bmore folks - Craze will be at Sonar with Treasure Fingers and Klever for a little Fabric release party on 2/29. And it's a Friday, so.

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