Boomkat Product Review:
Cooked up especially for Samhain ’17, Croww nests a vanta-black tape of alchemical blends, special edits and original material with 'Heal Then Maim' for Faktion’s Reel Torque series.
Leading on from the decimated Slipknot mutations of Croww’s debut LP, Prosthetics for The Death of Rave, the mix encrypts a puzzlebox of ideas and themes ranging from British Murder Boys’ dalliance with Jim Jones, thru collisions of Mayhem and Conrad Schnitzler with Chino Anobi, to raging flashcore and junglist ballistics, wretching a phantasmagoric demonstration of the Manchester-based artist’s fiercely unique DJ style.
It simultaneously looks within and beyond the dance in a way that echoes the brvtalist tapestries of Rabit’s Halcyon Veil cohorts as much as the alternative timelines of Manchester’s afterhours culture. It’s a visceral meditation on body horror/body politics that crosses serrated lines between the dance, headphones and supernatural, noumenal dimensions, boldly following a non-linear path between expressive, out-of-body abstraction and kinaesthetic physicality with a confidence and vision beyond his years.
In a contemporary scene flooded with marketing/business students-as-artists and careerist DJs treating dances as focus groups, more power to Croww for having the nous to see thru it all and carve his own meta vectors across time and style. It ain’t for everyone, but those that know will go nuts for this tape.