Kraak & Smaak are back with a brand-new single ‘Sweet Time’; an emotive vocal dancefloor track by the legendary Dutch crew on their very own Boogie Angst imprint.
The second single to be taken from the forthcoming studio album expected later this year, is a glorious fusion of breakbeats and funk with pop sensibilities written and performed by the production trio of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug who hail from the town of Leiden, Netherlands.
‘Sweet Time’s” warm and uplifting production, consistent with the live electronic sound that has fuelled Kraak & Smaak’s career so far provides the perfect backdrop for the almighty vocal of gospel-blues singer Izo FitzRoy who powers through the topline with her impressive signature tones.
Izo’s star has been rising fast since she burst of the scene with the stunning album ‘Skyline’, winning support across the world from the likes of the BBC, KCRW, and FIP to name a few. This collaboration comes straight off the back of a Mixmag ‘Tune Of The Month’ award for her last single – ‘I Want Magic’ which she worked on with disco extraordinaire Dimitri From Paris.
‘Sweet Time (feat. Izo FitzRoy)’ is available now on digital formats via Boogie Angst.
The video depicts a couple in love, separated after an argument. The girl is trapped in her car, witnessing apocalyptic scenarios unfold. We question if they ever are to be re-united as the world comes crashing down. Her love is the only person she wants to be with, but it’s too late. He texts her “I never meant to let you go…”.
The battle between reason and desire is a theme that runs throughout ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘I Had This Thing’ sums it up perfectly. Röyksopp delicately utilizes the deliriously sad vocals sung by Jamie Irrepressible. Lyrics like “I still don’t know just what I’ve done”, and the mantra of “I never meant to let you go”, are weaved into exquisite harmonies over a dirty, pulsing bass.
Following the success of the Maceo Plex remix of ‘Sordid Affair’ that was #1 on Hype Machine, Röyksopp present an impressive line up of remixes for ‘I Had This Thing’: Joris Voorn, whose recent album ‘Nobody Knows’ was named Billboard’s Electronic Album of the Year, dark disco Norwegian Andre Bratten, hot production trio Kraak & Smaak, will.i.am collaborator Wolfgang Gartner, as well as The Presets, Sebastien and Röyksopp’s vocalist on ‘Sordid Affair’, Man Without Country. The Joris Voorn remix has already created an early buzz with over 186k Soundcloud plays and The Guardian highlighting it in their top 10 big tunes from the Miami music conference.
London based Swede Blende is an unashamed disco advocate, creating retro music for the modern age. Featuring the lively vocals of Hercules & Love Affair singer Gustaph, ‘Running’ takes the height of 80’s electro-funk into the present day.
Released on Ghent-based Eskimo Recordings, ‘Running’ is remixed by Dutch heroes Kraak & Smaak who stretch the track out into an warm, stirring house anthem as well as Knight One, who slows the pace and shines up the original into an exhilarating pop classic. Out next week on Eskimo.
Here’s the video for Moullinex‘s disco single “To Be Clear”, featuring vocals from Iwona Skwarek (of Rebeka). The “To Be Clear” EP is out now on Discotexas, backed with remixes by Zimmer (stream below), RAC and Kraak & Smaak. The instrumental version of the Kraak & Smaak’s remix is available for free here. Directed by Benjamin Shearn.
Dutch trio (Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug) Kraak & Smaak’s new album “Chrome Waves” is already off to a flying start with debut single “The Future Is Yours”. Featuring Ben Westbeech on vocals and with a righteous summer groove that has made it a big Ibiza hit, the track is a positive and uplifting vocal house anthem at a time when much of the scene is going deeper underground.
On Chrome Waves, the relationship with dutch star Janne Schra, soul man John Turrell and the fast becoming legendary Ben Westbeech is extended from the previous albums to this one while rapper Capitol A joins Stee Downes, Sam Duckworth, Joi Cardwell and Berenice (who is the lead performer from the K&S live shows ) as new arrivals. Oscar De Jong even steps out from behind the mixing desk to perform vocal duties on the album and Icelandic indie popsters Retro Stefson guest on the album returning a remix favour Kraak & Smaak did them by providing the haunting vocals on F.A.M.E.
The combination of new talent and old friends make the album both exciting and assured. The incredible vocalists on board providing the highs while the rock solid percussive grooves laid down by the three Dutchmen means the low end is always tight. Out October 28 via Jalapeño Records.