Kraak & Smaak
Kraak & Smaak will release their fifth album “Juicy Fruit” in June 2016 with a launch party at Paradiso in Amsterdam ahead of a summer of touring in support of their new record.
As usual the album contains some heavyweight collaborations including Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Biddines, Parcels and Cleopold to name just a few.
The Dutch trio of producers released their first album 'Boogie Angst' in 2005 and things immediately took off with Europe and the US all hungry for the Kraak & Smaak sound.
The band first played live together as a one-off to promote their debut album. But after that show premiered in Amsterdam, with its energetic mix of funk, disco and house, plus a heavy dose of attitude, the reaction convinced the band to embark on a follow up tour of Holland.
Their set-up, combining the club sound of their releases with a serious crew of live musicians and two lead singers, turned out to be a musical phenomenon on the Dutch club and festival circuit, leading to invitations to play at Europe’s s biggest festivals and renowned US festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Miami's WMC and New York's CMJ.
The second album 'Plastic People' dropped in 2008, and off that album, the hit single 'Squeeze Me', made for an even more rapid international rise of Kraak & Smaak. The acclaimed UK dance magazine IDJ labelled K&S as a “Must see live act”, together with big guns such as Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. The band subsequently performed at Glastonbury in the UK, Lowlands in the Netherlands and Europe's biggest festival, Sziget.
During a five-week live tour across the USA they performed at Jimmy Kimmel's late night show on ABC television and further mainstream support came from the unlikely source of US Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Even Kanye West declared himself a fan after seeing Squeeze Me’s ground breaking video ! To top things off, they won the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA), the same year as a then emerging Adele.
In the following years, the upward trend of K&S continued with the release of the albums 'Electric Hustle' (2011) and 'Chrome Waves' (2013) alongside a gruelling schedule of international touring including career highlight shows at Detroit Movement, Sziget, Glastonbury and Exit. By now the live band was a well -oiled unit with lead singers Ivar and Berenice van Leer (who feature heavily on Juicy Fruit) taking a key role centre stage alongside rising dutch star Joris Feiertag on drums and Alex Ole on bass alongside the K&S boys themselves.
Key single releases included “Let’s Go Back” which featured a superb vocal from the sadly departed Romanthony which when remixed by then rising star Solomun became an absolute anthem of the deep house scene. “The Future Is Yours” saw the band hook up a second time with Ben Westbeech who at the time was hitting the top of the charts under his Breach guise and the soulful “How We Gonna Stop The Time” with Stee Downes was an instant club hit that went on to be licensed for release on Axtone Records.
In 2015 Kraak & Smaak started planning their fifth album Juicy Fruit. After a run of single releases on acclaimed dance labels like Spinnin’ and Axtone they wanted a return to the organic sound of their debut and with their new album they have certainly achieved it.
Juicy Fruit will be released on June 10., 2016
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