Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kraak & Smaak – Smile (thatmanmonkz Remix)

First Listen! Kraak & Smaak feat. Eric Biddines – Smile (thatmanmonkz Remix) (Jalapeño Records)

And here we go again! Just like someone rated ‘Stumble’ as Nu-Disco, we get the same along with ‘Smile’, although on a Soulful House tip this time! Not too sure about this neither as it seems so reductive once again.

A quick listen to this out of the loop gem suffices to understand as to how it gets way further than that. Embracing so many different vibes such as Funk, Electro and deep Jazz/House. And I’m not even talkin’ about Eric Biddines‘s vocal performance with his one of a kind voice tone. Inbetween spoken words and Hip-Hop. ‘Smile’ is so particular as a matter of fact, as away from the regular standards. Now wonder why this U.F.O. is most definitely due to find a mention in our 10 essential 2017 tracks.

Will be glad knowing about your feelings on this. Make yo’selves home!

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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 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 Parcels on ‘Stumble’, from their 2016 ‘Juicy Fruit’ album. 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.

– Hailing from Sheffield, Scott Moncrieff aka thatmanmonkz wears countless hats. From DJing to producing. But also acting as a recording artist and label boss of Shadeleaf Music. The fact he’s played with cats such as Carl Craig, Grandmaster Flash, Recloose, and Phil Asher somehow says as to what he’s about.
Flat-sharing with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) led to a crash course in studio techniques. Inspiring him to join forces with Toddla T (Radio 1) and form Small Arms Fiya. The pair collaborating on a number of releases and remixes which all received an impressive global acclaim.

He manages to tread that fine line of simultaneously picking up props from all angles. But also and wrecking dance floors the world over, whilst remaining resolutely underground. Meanwhile obviously focusing on the more interesting corners of dance music.
His recent debut-album – ‘Columbusing’ – happened to be an interesting document. Most likely because it touched on authentic Deep House, Funk and Soul. And this, with plenty of proper song structures and real vocalists amidst the underground club heaters.

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