Heavily influenced by 80's and 90's nostalgia whilst embracing the contemporary sounds of today, [crack] is a London based duo with a fascination for emergent music movements. From the underground sounds of UK dance to localised US scenes such as Jersey Club or be it the bass heavy Dub of Jamaica, nothing is off limits. [crack] aka Ed and Gaz focused on Chicago Juke and Footwork as a source of inspiration for their debut EP, Snapped.
The EP mixes up the bass, rhythms and vocals taken from a range of genres such as Techno, Footwork, Euro and Hip hop, to create a flurry of classic drum machine hits and intense synths aimed squarely at the dancefloor. The guys cite the likes of Luke Vibert, Aphex Twin and DJ Rashad as inspirational figures but also equally place nostalgic classics such as Ghostbusters (the movie) high in their creative psyche when they write their music.
The energy and originality of the tracks on the EP are designed to push the envelope, whether on large sound systems or at the battleground of local dance crews. Do they conform to tastes of the mass market? Does that matter? Not really, [crack] are doing their own thing and that’s what excites us at Lost Tribe.
The Lost Tribe Mixtape download
[crack] have taken the idea of a mixtape literally and paid homage to the tapedeck heyday in fine style. In [crack]’s own words - ‘With our first mixtape for Lost Tribe Records, we wanted to put the listener into the sonic space of our 90’s youth. Growing up, we were bumping to a mix of hip-hop and dance music with the grainy hiss of our cassette players.
Tape’s lo-fi characteristic was once a hindrance. However for us it has now adopted a new aesthetic quality, with deeply nostalgic value in this age of digital fidelity. The Mixtape tracklist represents our fascination with the synthetic rhythms of the 808 and its influence in music culture. From classic Houston screw and chop to the more contemporary sounds of Jersey and Footwork, throw in some techno and you are sure to get your Walkman head bop on.’