July 12th, 2010
They are Crookers, and they love animals. So proclaims the opener of their debut album, the appropriately titled ‘We Love Animals’, and what follows is a sprawling recording spanning a further nineteen tracks, with the Italian duo making full use of, well, tons of their friends. Twenty six of them I believe. They are perhaps most famous for their expansive catalogue of remixes of hit singles (‘Salmon Dance’, ‘The Way I Are’, ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’ and even bizarrely ‘Thunderstruck’), but now have released a first record of their own. And this debut album is as curious as often as it is frustrating.
One of the most intriguing parts of the album, is just the diversity of the music on offer, a feature that captivates you whether you’re fully enjoying it all or not. It deviates from straightforward electro (‘We Love Animals’) to fidget house (‘Have Mercy’), and then from almost electro-polka (‘Cooler Couleur’) to dubstep (‘No Security’) and even dancehall (‘Arena’) to more simple electro-pop (‘Remedy’). While you’ll never get bored, you never get truly comfortable either, a problem nearly remedied, so to speak, by the clever tracklisting, which starts with a more party vibe and descends into a darker one.