David Guetta is many things, but few would call the French DJ/hitmaker “ghetto,” unless, of course, it’s a delightful play on words from Italo-house producer Crookers. The new track, “Ghetto Guetta,” drops later this month on Crookers’ own Ciao Records internationally and as their first release on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in the US. Listen to the exclusive premiere here:
“Everything started with a wordplay on ‘Ghetto Guetta,’” Crookers’ Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia says of the track’s origins. “After I came up with that, then I tried to translate that wordplay into music. My idea behind making ‘Ghetto Guetta’ was to use a mainstream break, big chords against simple and effective brass and big drums.”
Even if Barbaglia’s description reads like a formula, the track doesn’t sound like one: It’s playful and spontaneous, with the right amount of winks and nods throughout. It’s also been road-tested by Crookers himself.
“I played it couple of times in clubs around the world and it went down really well, so I was happy,” Phra explains. “After I started playing it at big festivals across the summer, it went down even better, so I was even happier!”
The play on Guetta and ghetto isn’t likely to ruffle any Guetta feathers. He did name one of his own albums “Ghetto Blaster.” But given the musical disparity between him and Crookers, particularly on this song, it’s a cheeky smirk to the audience members who know better (and even those who don’t).