SummaryBreaks in the States haven't been the same since leading Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak released their funked-up, soul jumping grooves in the form of their debut album Boogie Angst. Contrary to how it might seem, Kraak & Smaak hadn't intended to record an album at all. Initially, a series of successful EPs spurred an interest in their boogie-licious sound from Pete Tong to Laurent Garnier. Prior to forming, members DJ Wim Plug traversed the countryside with Portishead's Andy Smith and drum 'n' bass stalwart DJ Aphrodite, while Mark Knepper (a.k.a. DJ Knuppelhout) released a mix CD for Dutch label Fresh Fruit. Main knob twiddler Oscar De Jong gathered the group together in 2003 on a chance meeting with them. They all shared a love of jazz, hip-hop, funk, breakbeat, which reflected immediately onto the musical synergy and energy-charged live shows and DJ sets that have won them fans in Europe and America.
The multi-talented artists of Kraak & Smaak shine in their unprecedented, body-rocking compilation, The Remix Sessions, fusing the crackling intensity of their signature live performances with classic jams. With remixes spanning from a funk-breaks take on their own "Real Pain" to a jazzy-house version of Jamiroquai's midtempo "Electric Mistress," a West Coast vibe on Mark Rae's "Medicine" and Skeewiff's eerie downtempo "Man of Constant Sorrow," Kraak & Smaak reveal their astounding vision for the possibilities of electronic dance. This beat-driven assembly is an invaluable resource for retracing the various pathways of this modern musical expression.