Kraak and Smaak, comprising of Oscar de Jong, Wim Plug, and Mark Kneppers, have established themselves as a formidable force in the music industry. Their stylish performances and exceptional studio work have resulted in a series of innovative albums, while their extensive global tours across Europe, South America, Asia, Mexico, and the USA have showcased their incredible skills as DJs and live performers.
Known for their warm and uplifting sound that spans multiple genres, first introduced themselves to the world with their debut album, Boogie Angst. Their success in the Netherlands quickly led to invitations to perform at major festivals in Europe and the United States, including SXSW, Coachella, and Miami’s WMC.
Their hit single Squeeze Me, off their second album Plastic People helped solidify their international audience and media attention as a “must-see live act.” They went on to perform at Glastonbury, Lowlands, and Sziget, as well as on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show on ABC television.
Their upward momentum continued with the release of the albums Electric Hustle, Chrome Waves, and Juicy Fruit, featuring collaborations with artists such as Romanthony, Ben Westbeech, Lee Fields, and Mayer Hawthorne. After a string of one-off singles for various record labels and their own imprint, Boogie Angst they released their latest album Pleasure Centre, hotly pursued by a remixed version of the album.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kraak & Smaak stayed highly productivity in the studio. They crafted remixes for notable artists like Yuksek, Tensnake, and Blank & Jones, while
also releasing their introspective EP, Scirocco.
All that being said, the Dutch meisters of Nu Disco, Funk and all things Electronic are really unpacking the goods this year, not in the least because the trio are celebrating their 20th year on the scene in ’23. Celebrating this event, the guys will, among other things, drop a long overdue compilation with hand-picked selections of their two decades long catalogue in June.
Moreover, almost every month will see the release of a refreshing remix of one of those back catalogue tracks, with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard having just kicked it off just now with a rework of ‘Let’s Go Back’, featuring the legendary Romanthony. This steady stream of remixes will also culminate in a full remix album at the end of the year.
Pay close attention, because Kraak & Smaak’s 20th year in the industry promises to be one of their most exciting yet.