Those who have seen 21-year-old DJ Craze on stage have this twinkle in their eye when his name comes up, a twinkle that shines through on his solo debut, Crazeë Musick (Bomb Hip Hop). Where his turntablist compadres prop real-deal hip-hop without acknowledging the larger world of beats, Craze has his rubber fingers all over the place: on the transcendent East Flatbush Project remix CD -- where Craze's version of "Tried By" sits alongside the work of Squarepusher, Autechre and Funkstörung, among others -- on the phenomenal Fathomless collaboration with DJ Faust and Shortee, where he samples, among others, Roni Size; on a forthcoming schizotronica EP with fellow Miamians Push Button Objects. Craze seems to appreciate drum & bass as much as he does hip & hop, a fact that immediately expands his palette and creates more colors in his mixing. Also on the bill are Craze's partner from the Allies Crew, Infamous, and three of St. Louis' finest turntablists, K-Nine, Tré and Two Tone. (RR)
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