So the first track from your new album is christened “a future anthem” by Pete Tong on his BBC1 radio show, hits the Number 1 spot on the DMC Buzz Chart and is Tune of the Month in Mixmag. Time to take the rest of the year off I guess? Not for Kraak & Smaak – they have been busily sourcing like-minded souls to remix their summer hit while making sure the album that follows is an all killer, straight thriller affair.
For 2013’s first offering the boys have teamed up again with Ben Westbeech to deliver a house bomb with a classic touch. When Westbeech is in full flow, his voice is as strong as any of the soul greats and with a cool classic production from K&S to work with it was a day and a night of house magic in the Kraakers Leiden studio.
Remixes come courtesy from Solomun’s DIYnamic crew is Adriatique. Both the Adrians that comprise the duo were big fans of the original featuring it on the DIYnamic podcast and got in touch with the Kraakers to say they would be up for remixing the song. The result is deep bassy house heaven and certain to be a summer terrace stalwart. Next in the frame is the Kraakers countrymen Detroit Swindle whose deep dutch take on the original is also a summertime swooner. Househeads Prok & Fitch strip out all the pianos and going straight for the jugular in a bass riding tech house builder. Fellow Dutchman Tom Trago whose techno version adds a deeper twist to the original. while Ambassadeurs delivers a leftfield basser that shows why he is one of the most hotly tipped producers of 2013.