Single Of The Week: Kraak & Smaak feat. John Turrell – Back Again (Hot Toddy Remix) (Jalapeño)
Better known as Kraak & Smaak, Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug have established themselves as a force to count with productionwise. No surprisingly, they look set to catch the floor once more with ‘Back Again’. Sharing the duties with John Turrell (of the Smoove & Turrell fame). And, in the meantime, commissioning Hot Toddy to rework this joint from their ‘Chromes Waves’ album.
‘Back Again’ is just what it says. With the Crazy P mastermind injecting some infectious Chic-influenced rhythm guitar alla ‘I Want You Love’. Meanwhile recreating that special effect that made both Crazy P‘s ‘Never Gonna Reach Me’ and Lovebirds‘ ‘Want You In My Soul’ so apart.
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– Unlike their name might suggest, Kraak & Smaak are not a duo but a threesome. Hailing from Leiden, Holland, Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug started making music back in 2003. They established their name with a unique blend of Electronic, Deep House, Disco, Funk and downbeat vibes. Eventually generating a huge following in clubs and international festivals.
They released a total of 5 studio albums, showing a real inclination for collaborations with guests. From Ben Westbeech on ‘Plastic People’, their second album back in 2008. To Lex Empress and the late Romanthony on ‘Electric Hustle’ 3 years after. Not to mention John Turrell on the infectious ‘Back Again’ as remixed by Hot Toddy. But also Parcels on ‘Stumble’, from their 2016 ‘Juicy Fruit’ album. Or Eric Biddines on the lectrophonky ‘Smile’. And they also made themselves quite a reputation on the remix front. Reworking tracks for artists such as Jamiroquai, Mark Rae and DJ Cam. And also José Padilla, Smoove & Turrell in addition to Moby to name a few.
– Not to be missed with the famous Irish drink of the likes. In other words, a blend of liquor and water with honey, herbs and spices… Hot Toddy is the nickname of Chris Todd. A studio guru who, along with Nottingham University pal Jim Baron, gave birth to Crazy Penis in the mid-90’s. Crazy Penis becoming a 5 member-combo in 2002 with the arrivals of bassist Tim Davies, percussionist Mav Kendricks and vocalist Danielle Moore.
Crazy Penis, who turned their name into Crazy P in 2008, have released a total of 10 studio albums so far. With the first – ‘A Nice Hot Bath With…’ – back in 1999 and the last to date – ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ – 16 years later. Eventually putting an end to a 4 years hiatus during the Summer 2017. This, with a 4 track EP – ‘True Light’ – featuring ‘One True Light’. Meanwhile, Hot Toddy has released 2 albums on his own. Beginning with ‘Super Magic’ back in 2000 and ‘Late Night Boogie’ 10 years after. Establishing himself in the meantime as an in-demand remixer.
How could we ever forget about his rework of Crazy P‘s ‘Never Gonna Reach Me’ back in 2009? Not to mention the reconstruction he did on the Lovebirds‘ ‘Want You In My Soul’ in 2011. Or his remix of Kraak & Smaak‘s ‘Back Again’ more recently! But also his rework of Soul Clap featuring Nona Hendricks‘ ‘Shine (This Is It)’. With Joey Negro‘s ‘Stomp Your Feet’ adding itself to the list.