Label: Heist Recordings
Cat. #: HEIST073
Release Date: 14th July 2023
A1. I Need to Know
A2. Do You Think About Me
A3. Freddie’s Groove
B1. Phantom (Feat. The Potash Twins)
B2. Endless Life
B3. When We Last Met
Crackazat drops mini LP ‘Senses’ on Dam Swindle’s Heist Recordings.
The stunning release sees the artist deliver six tracks of heartwarming contemporary electronic music.
On ‘Senses’, we see the pure talent of Crackazat come to life like never before. We’ve all danced to ‘Alfa’ or his most recent hit on Heist ‘Demucha’ and have seen his musicianship & songwriting abilities on his 2022 debut album ‘Evergreen’ for Freerange. For ‘Senses’, Crackazat takes you on a sonic journey, further exploring his musical personality with live keys, vocals, bass, horn arrangements, and production all coming from his studio in Uppsala, Sweden. The horns featured throughout were recorded by Adeev and Ezra Potash, better known as the Potash twins, who took a sidestep from their recordings with John Legend, Robert Glasper and even Diplo to dive into this project with Crackazat, helping him deliver arguably his best work to date.
The six-track album starts with the low-slung groove of ‘I need to know’. The atmosphere is warm and dreamy, with plucked strings, arpeggios, and long horn notes, subtly supported by lo-fi drums and bass licks. ‘Do you think about me’ keeps the energy tight with a lovely drum groove and a sparse bass section, crafting a track filled with emotion. ‘Freddie’s Groove’ is Crackazat in full-on jazz mode. The nod to Freddie Hubbard is clear, with ideas from the jazz legend and his legendary French sampler, Pepe Bradock, taken for this track. The horns are deep and moody, the groove is jazz-house at its best, and Crackazat’s soft vocals have the perfect amount of fragility.
‘Phantom’ moves into a shuffling Latin-dance vibe. Here, the song reaches its full potential through the horn section, so it’s only fitting that this is the feature track for the Potash Twins. ‘Endless life’ is a track that feels like it’s building momentum with every repetition. Whether it’s the broken beat groove, the offbeat keys, the horns, chords, or leads, a specific energy in this track takes hold of you and simply doesn’t let go. The outro ‘When we last met’ is built around vibey keys and a downtempo hip-hop groove. It’s a perfect ending to a record that showcases the beautiful world that Crackazat has crafted.