Crookers is back, and he’s brought a full house of friends.
Italian artist Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia’s forthcoming third album Sixteen Chapel contains no shortage of collaborations, from slick first single “I Just Can’t” with Jeremih to dirty grinder “Get Excited” featuring STS.
On “Strokin’,” Phra melds his electro touch with TJR’s signature brass bounce while San Jose MC Antwon spits spirited verses above resounding round bass notes. The track sports an effortless throwback feel set within a modern arrangement that will allow it to easily translate to today’s dance floors.
Listen to the full premiere of “Strokin'” exclusively on Billboard:
Crookers says Antwon’s vocal was originally intended for “Heavy,” another Sixteen Chapel track, but “Strokin'” was born after he applied it to a new project.
“TJR sent me over a brass line and a huge kick one day, which I fell in love with,” he explains. “Instantly something clicked. We hit the studio and started mashing up different things using TJR’s brass and Antwon’s vocal. It just felt right.”
TJR found the end result both unconventional and appealing as well.
“Probably not what you’d expect from us, but isn’t that how Phra does things?” he says.
After hearing what Crookers and his cohorts had cooked up, Steve Aoki decided to sign Sixteen Chapel to his Dim Mak Records imprint.
“I’ve been a fan of Crookers since day one during the electro boom back in 2007,” says Aoki. “I’ve followed their releases from their remixes to the Knobbers EP, and they’ve always made the most fresh future sounds to date. And now in 2015, I’m so pumped to be releasing what I think is the biggest record Phra has ever made. ‘I Just Can’t’ is going to blow people away”
Check out the album’s first single “I Just Can’t” below:
Crookers’ Sixteen Chapel LP will be available through Dim Mak this spring and through Ciao Records on March 3. Fans can pre-order the release on iTunes.
Crookers North American Tour Dates:
March 11 Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
March 12 Denver, CO @ Beta
March 18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20 Seattle, WA @ Foundation
March 26 Miami, FL @ Dim Mak
March 26 Miami, FL @ HARD
March 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Exchange
March 28 San Francisco, CA @ Temple
April 10 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
April 11 Chicago, IL @ Spybar
April 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
April 23 San Diego, CA @ Bassmnt
April 24 New York, NY @ Pacha
April 25 Boston, MA @ Prime