Kraak & Smaak
Establishing themselves back in 2005 with a distinctively warm and uplifting sound, legendary Dutch crew Kraak & Smaak’s live electronic vibrancy was first introduced to the world via their debut album, ‘Boogie Angst’.
Consisting of production trio Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug, Kraak and Smaak’s impressive performance and studio career have seen the trio consistently create refreshing records and outstanding live moments.
With ‘Boogie Angst’ now the proud name of their own imprint, the label has captured the bands inimitable and unmistakable fusion of breakbeats and funk-jams. Packed with pop sensibilities, ‘Boogie Angst’ is the platform for the forthcoming studio album expected later this year.
Performing globally both as DJ’s and with a full live band rooted in the Dutch club and festival circuit, Kraak & Smaak’s performances in The Netherlands quickly lead to invitations to play at Europe’s biggest festivals as well as crossing over to the U.S; highlighted by dates at SXSW, Coachella, Miami’s WMC, and New York’s CMJ.
The second album, ‘Plastic People’ dropped in 2008, and it’s hit single ‘Squeeze Me’ helped secure an international audience, gain the band significant media attention as a “Must see live act” and subsequently saw the trio take the stage at Glastonbury, Lowlands in the Netherlands, and Europe’s biggest festival, Sziget.
Demonstrating the heights in which their flavoursome sounds can reach, during a five-week live tour across the USA, Kraak & Smaak performed at Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show on ABC television as well as a month-long Australia tour and stepping on remix duties for Jamiroquai.
In the following years, the upward trend of Kraak & Smaak continued with the release of the albums ‘Electric Hustle’ (2011) and ‘Chrome Waves’ (2013). Alongside new music, the trio embarked on a demanding schedule of international live and DJ tours, including career highlight shows at Detroit Movement, Glastonbury and Serbia’s Exit Festival.