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Kraak & SmaakJuicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their fifth studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Biddines of Golden Rules, Parcels, Gallowstreet and Cleopold to name a few.

Effortlessly flitting between outright dancefloor boogie and meditative mellow moments it’s a record that captivates the listener from start to finish, blending the timeless appeal of disco and electro with the best in indie dance and electronica.

Juicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their 5th studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Biddines of Golden Rules, Parcels, Gallowstreet and Cleopold to name a few …

Effortlessly flitting between outright dancefloor boogie and meditative mellow moments it’s a record that captivates the listener from start to finish, blending the timeless appeal of disco and electro with the best in indie dance and electronica.

Prescription opens up the album serving up an ice cool jam with a side of flowing lyrics delivered in full southern drawl courtesy of Florida rapper come soul man – Eric Biddines bringing his Midas touch that usually graces Golden Rules tracks. Occasionally showcasing his soulful falsetto over K&S’s understated electronic grooves it’s an infectious track that gets this party going.

Brand new Boogie Angst signing and US native – Meeka Kates takes over vocal duties on So Clear oozing understated cool in this indie dance/electronica number with the catchiest hook. Kraak & Smaak provide suitably mellow and sophisticated mid tempo beats as the perfect foil for Meeka’s meditations.

Grammy nominated soul royalty – Mayer Hawthorne took a break from Tuxedo and being a man about town to collaborate on the stellar I Don’t Know Why. Stirring up memories of early 80’s discos it’s a stone cold dancefloor killer. Complete with a big fat booty shaking bassline, soaring synth leads and funk guitar chops perfectly accompanying Mayer’s soulful notes – it’s a track that will leave you humming the melody for hours and contemplating a jheri curl/white suit with sleeves rolled up combo …

Last year saw all-out electro funk single – My Mind’s Made Up tear up dancefloors. This version takes the stunning vocals from long-time collaborator Berenice van Leer and is reworked into a no less danceable album version. Absolute disco fuel complete with synth expressionism that allows K&S keys man Oscar de Jong to channel his inner Herbie Hancock.

Stumble is a gorgeous piece of danceable indie electronica built on a poignant and nostalgic jazz piano chord progression. Parcels compliment the production beautifully with a fragile and cinematic vocal alongside the aforementioned piano layers and a bundle of analogue synths and 808 kicks from K&S.

Dream-like shimmering harp notes and piano resonate over an atmospheric intro to Hands Of Time before a funky drum break courtesy of Joris Feiertag and Alxndr London’s crystal clear vocals cut through taking it off in a minimal indie dance direction. Virtuoso piano solos and sound design moments complete the piece that’s brilliantly suited for the afterparty. Think Terry Callier on a beach at 3 in the morning after a night out in Ibiza and you’re in the right ballpark.

Smile see the return of Eric Biddines as he fronts a neo soul and hip hop influenced tune built on some funky Fender Rhodes stabs and a horn section jamming out hooks fit for any self-respecting soul man. Preaching the importance of keeping grounded and positive it’s a feel-good tune that uplifts and will certainly leave you with a smile on your face.

Talented Dutch vocalist and K&S live front man Ivar teamed up with the guys on their single Way Back Home at the end of last year and appears here in the first of his three collaborations on this record. Taking you back to the weird and wonderful kind of musical affairs you would usually associate with Prince at his peak – U R Freak is exactly the kind of sexy funkscapade that would’ve sat perfectly next on Sign O’ The Times. Dancefloor gold.

Still on the funkaliscious Prince-esque tip – Toxic Love Affair is a groove that doesn’t quit. With Ivar providing a vocal that channels Curtis Mayfield before Sanguita joins him in a duet that could compete with the Motown classics. Gallowstreet help out K&S on the instrumentation by providing the brass hits that inject yet another layer of soul into the track.

Vintage reverb soaked piano opens up Lake Eerie before developing into a soundtrack-esque instrumental adorned with elements of lounge, jazz funk and chillout.

Australian singer songwriter – Cleopold (signed to Chet Faker’s label Detail Co.) takes charge on dancefloor stomper Alone With You with neo soul and nu disco vibes over a classy production akin to Discovery era Daft Punk. His melodic and tuneful vocals are soaked with emotion and leap across the scales expertly over the bountiful supply of disco grooves.

You Don’t Owe Me’s driving beat and bassline plays the foil that Ivar needs to deliver a heartfelt performance over this tune that asserts he is owed nothing from a former lover. A tune that has become a live favourite over the last few months that had to make its way on to the album for sure.

Private Moon is a synthtastic piece perfect for the end of the night that sounds like Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre were locked in a room with their hardware to jam. Close your eyes and you’re there in an 80’s sci-fi movie credits sequence. A fantastic end to a fantastic album.

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Tracklisting:

01. Prescription feat. Eric Biddines
02. So Clear feat. Meeka Kates
03. I Don’t Know Why feat. Mayer Hawthorne
04. My Mind’s Made Up feat. Berenice van Leer (Album Version)
05. Stumble feat. Parcels
06. Hands Of Time feat. Alxndr London
07. Smile feat. Eric Biddines
08. U R Freak feat. Ivar
09. Toxic Love Affair feat. Ivar & Sanguita
10. Lake Eerie
11. Alone With You feat. Cleopold
12. You Don’t Owe Me feat. Ivar
13. Private Moon

The album Kraak & SmaakJuicy Fruit” (Jalapeno) is going to be released June 17, 2016.

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