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Charting the Music: Kraak & Smaak, 'Chrome Waves'

Charting the Music: Kraak & Smaak, 'Chrome Waves' kraaksmaak.com
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Electronic savants Kraak & Smaak deliver the entire club to their latest album. "Chrome Waves" is catchy, flashy and all around funky.

"Chrome Waves" marks the fourth studio installment from the production collective of Leiden. Kraak & Smaak generously supply 11 tracks full of soul, disco and fun, guaranteed to last long after the party has concluded.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #2 Electronic for the week of November 5, 2013.

Record label and release date: Jalapeno Records released "Chrome Waves" on October 28, 2013.

Can be heard on: Beep Beep Boop Boop with Kate and Juxtaposition with Rob Levy.

RIYL: Smoove and Turrell, Zero 7 and Gotan Project.

Hometown: Leiden, Netherlands.

Standout tracks: In comparison to the perfect all nighter, "The Future is Yours" is the anxious car ride to the nearest strip of dance clubs. After a long wait in line, "Good for the City" is the glorious entrance inside, the official start to a night you may or may not remember. The final groove "Back Again" is a long, hazy taxi ride back home, wherever that may be.

About the band: Wim Plug, Oscar de Jong and Mark Kneppers unite to create the funky breakbeat act Kraak & Smaak. Debuting with the "Money in the Bag" EP on Jalapeno Records in 2003, the trio immediately received airplay on BBC Radio 1. After the release of their first full-length "Boogie Angst" in 2005, they were performing at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Pinkpop. Since activation, Kraak & Smaak have done an extensive amount of remixing, re-imagining works by artists such as Moby, Jamiroquai and Junkie XL.

This label: In 2001, Skeewiff's Alex Rizzo and Elliot Ireland established Jalapeno Records in order to alleviate the pressures created from being on someone else's label. The label began to consume most of Skeewiff's time, so they brought in Trevor Mac to run the label. Located in East Sussex, Jalapeno Records has been releasing efforts from various genre-bending electronic artists from all over the U.S. and U.K. Boca 45, Basement Freaks and Capitol A all share the label's imprint.

Album art: Kraak & Smaak specifically chose Jacob Escobedo to illustrate "Chrome Waves" after seeing his illustrations for the Shins and Vampire Weekend. Cartoon Network had used him as a freelance artist before officially making him "Adult Swim"'s creative director. Aside from being plastered on records, his work has also been published in The New York Times as well as The New Yorker. This former Nevadan currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and children.

Play it while: Looking fabulous on a crowded dancefloor.

What do the critics say: "Kraak and Smaak are an act notorious for making some of the most interesting and intricate indie dance/nu disco of the time. They may not have ever become an international household name, but with the addition of well oiled live assets and a consistent balance of club cuts and commercial crossovers on show, their fourth full-length installment 'Chrome Waves' is another nod to their hallowed studio outputs." Dan Carter, Dancing Astronaut.

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