Score another point for Miami in the good fight to keep quality dance music coming here beyond WMC. The latest coup? Why, the only East Coast appearance on the current tour by white-hot Italian producer/DJ duo Crookers, who skipped down straight from Toronto. What's even stranger is where they're playing; rather than the usual-suspect venues on the mainland, they'll tear down the walls of Heathrow, smack in the middle of South Beach.
Originally darlings of the so-called blog house, uh, scene, Crookers eschew their peers' overuse of chainsaw bass lines in favor of bouncy, aerobic-tempo jams with an updated hip-house flavor. Similarly minded, neon-colored acts such as Chromeo, Kid Cudi, and Steed Lord have famously gotten the Crookers remix treatment. But they've also attacked tracks by dance dinos such as the Chemical Brothers and Armand Van Helden. In both cases, they've gotten club kids' asses to the floor, in droves. Check them out now while there's still room to dance.