Last we connected with Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak they had just returned home to the Netherlands after performing a series of live shows at the annual music South by Southwest schmoozathon in Austin, Texas. The guys filed an insightful SXSW tour diary proving that they had all sorts of fun, including assorted barbecue hijinks and drinking with Lone Star locals.
This week the triumvirate announced the launch of their new imprint, Boogie Angst, which will serve as an outlet for future K&S music as well as tunes by other artists.
Boogie Angst’s debut release is their three-track Octaves EP. Lead track “Notes” feat. Sam Duckworth (formerly Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, who appeared on the threesome’s “Good For The City” heard on Chrome Waves) will be issued as a limited-edition, hand-stamped 180gm vinyl-only release with individually screen printed sleeves by Dutch artist Thomas Raat. Fellow Dutch producer Moods has also joined the label’s roster and will drop three EPs before releasing his debut album in 2015.
Music, music, music is always on their minds, so we checked in and asked Kraak & Smaak to share their five favorite artists of the moment.
Kraak & Smaak’s Chrome Waves Remixed is out now via Jalapeño Records.
In March Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak — Mark Kneppers, Wim Plug and Oscar de Jong — made a pilgrimage to Austin, Texas to play a string of shows at South by Southwest. Though the annual congregation of music industry types, aspiring and established bands and tech geeks is mostly focused on the rock side of the musical spectrum, K&S came to represent their brand of electronic soul and all things Dutch. Performing songs from their 2013 album, Chrome Waves (download Futurizm’s remix of “The Future Is Yours” here), K&S and their live band took Austin by storm, partying and barbecuing with locals, drinking their share of Lone Star beer and dazzling with a rockier version of their live show. K&S share a first-hand account of their SXSW experience in this exclusive tour diary.
Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak recently released their latest album, Mixed Feelings, Jalapeño Records, featuring new tracks, some of the best remixes from 2011’s Electric Hustle and select remixes and collaborations they have worked on during their amazing career. K&S turn their floor mover “My Synths Are The Bomb” over to Belgium’s D’Steph for a booty shaking rework oozing with beats and bass in all the right places. Have a listen to the remix and be sure to check out their latest endeavor.