Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Kraak & Smaak, the production trio from Holland will be DJing at this year's Movement fest in Detroit...but if you're not so in the loop with Netherland's electro scene..here's a little 411 on these guys...plus a recorded live set from 2006.
When growing up in Israel, dance music meant two things: trance and Kraak & Smaak. Well, at least for some of us. There was a lot of eurotrash-cheesy-pop-house constantly aired on the radio but we were more obsessed with our Back 2 Basics CD by John Acquaviva that included a remix of Kraak & Smaak's song, "Money in the Bag." Racey, raunchy, and with a sharp electro edge this was our anthem at the time...that was, of course, before "deep house," "IDM," or "Detroit techno" were part of our musical vocabulary.
So, in a way, we're kind of looking forward to seeing these guys at the fest to evoke some "back-in-the-day" nostalgia. After doing some research we discovered that they are actually a live funk-electro band with an awesome discography full of catchy, shlo-mo pop-influenced songs that is nothing like the jagged sound of their Money in the Bag remix we associated them with initially. Below are a couple of our finds that we dig...plus a good interview with the group.
Oh and Kraak and Smaak have nothing to do with drugs...it supposedly means "crunch" and "taste" in Dutch.