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Boomkat Product Review:
Crooked Man returns to DFA with ‘Crooked House’ LP, a maximalist take on electronic and house music that picks up where 2016’s self-titled album left off.
"Teaming up again with Michael Somerset Ward (Clock DVA) and David Lewin (Bleep & Booster) in the studio, Richard Barratt crafts a comprehensive journey of hi-fi house belters with more sinister electro-pop mixed in for good measure. The album is influenced by two historic epicentres of electronic music: Sheffield UK, where Richard has had an illustrious career in a mix of legendary groups like Funky Worm, Sweet Exorcist and The All Seeing I; and the NYC Loft-era disco sound, where extended grooves were layered with peaktime choruses.
Richard’s diverse collaborations and intensely prolific discography have now led him to records as lush and sophisticated as ‘Crooked House’. Considering the rarity of a live Crooked Man performance or DJ set, it’s a testament to his hyper-creativity that these tracks are able to reach new heights in a club setting. With support from disco historian Bill Brewster and NTS resident Ross Allen, it’s clear that ‘Crooked House’ brings a timeless vitality to the current landscape of dance music and continues an exciting new chapter in Crooked Man’s career."