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Crookers Mini Mix

5 minutes inside the mind of Italian production duo Crookers.

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Crookers is the musical project of Italian DJ/producer, Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia and previously Andrea "Bot" Fratangelo.

Crookers was originally a duo consisting of Phra and fellow producer Bot, who worked together from 2003-2012. When the two artists met, both were trying to branch out of their genre and explore dance music. Their first collaboration worked. Phra said "It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes... which isn't that easy here in Milan."

On October 19, 2012, it was announced that Bot had left the group to pursue a new direction and that Phra would carry on the Crookers name as a solo project.

Since then "Phra" has produced the song "Ghetto Guetta" under the alias "Crookers", the song was published on the former band's own label "Ciao Recs" under licence to the Be Yourself Catalog. Recent Crookers singles "Heavy" and "Able to Maximize" are also produced solely by Phra.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Dr Gonzo

    Dr Gonzo 2012

    Reviewed by Melissa Bradshaw
    Earworms aplenty, but the Italian DJ duo’s music lacks contrast amidst the cacophonies.
  2. Review of Tons of Friends

    Tons of Friends 2010

    Reviewed by Matthew Bennett
    Tons of Friends is 100% party focused, and certain to tear up dancefloors.
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