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Essential Listening: Camo & Krooked

Essential Listening: Camo & Krooked

The Austrian duo that are Camo & Krooked have long been regarded as two of the hottest productions talents in the drum’n’bass world, consistently delivering some of the biggest dancefloor records. Ever since joining forces in 2007 they have continued to show their incredible versatility, with softer releases like ‘Turn Up The Music’ alongside more thunderous anthems such as ‘Climax’. Ask any of the iconic names in dnb, the likes of Andy C or Chase & Status, and they will openly admit Camo & Krooked have been truly pioneering with their creative output.

After a decade on the scene, which has seen the pair put out four studio albums, the task of selecting their five best tracks is supremely difficult. Nevertheless we have taken a great amount of care and have given it our best effort.

You Cry
Taken from their debut studio album Above & Beyond, the summer-drenched vocals and the energetic drums on this record make for a sumptuous combination. There was a huge amount of anticipation for Camo & Krooked to release their first album and with supreme definitions of lively DnB tracks like this one it is perfectly understandable why.

All Fall Down
One of the first endeavours since signing to Hospital Records, this record is a very significant tilt to Camo & Krooked’s expertise in the studio. Made as a dubstep track, a genre which they aren’t normally associated with, this actually turned out to be one of their most popular records early on during their careers. The range of synths and abstract samples make this the perfect number for inciting pandemonium in the clubs.

Make The Call
If the last choice made you scratch your head as to the talent these two Austrians have, then this record will certainly leave you in awe. DnB and electro house are two genres which sit at complete opposite ends of the musical spectrum yet this track is a fantastic reflection of the latter. The way Camo & Krooked have crafted a bassline which evokes such liveliness, in a style that is completely different from what they normally make, is utter genius.

Move Around
The build up to this one instantly screams Daft Punk which certainly ties in with the rest of their third album All Night which samples a variety of sounds including disco and French house. That being said this track offers an ample dose of heavy bass whilst also drawing on some unique synths, leaving plenty for DnB fans to salivate over. If you need a song which will captivate a crowd and overwhelm a room with energy this one would be a good bet.

Mosaik was all about pushing the boundaries for Camo & Krooked and really making music which doesn’t fit with the status quo. There are so many supreme attempts to fulfil that conquest on the album but ‘Honesty’ is one which stands out, with its intensely complex beat patterns. The sparing use of vocals also gives you a clear indication of the thought behind this track.

Busy as ever, Camo & Krooked have a packed end to the month, with three shows in three days over Halloween weekend. First up, a spell at The Warehouse Project for RAM Records is up on Friday 27th October, and they rejoin RAM the next day at Printworks. The 28th will also see them at the huge Magna in Rotherham for Fearfest 17.

Photo courtesy of Camo & Krooked

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