Kraak and Smaak, comprising Oscar de Jong, Wim Plug, and Mark Kneppers, have established themselves as a formidable force in the music industry. Their stylish live 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, the band first introduced themselves to the world with their debut album, Boogie Angst. Their success in the Netherlands and the UK quickly led to invitations to perform at major festivals in Europe and the United States, including SXSW, Coachella, Detroit Movement 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 a string of high profile artists. After a series of one-off singles for various top tier 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.
2023 sees the Dutch meisters of Nu Disco, Funk and all things Electronic celebrating their 20th year in the scene. This anniversary will be marked by a long overdue compilation with hand-picked selections of their two decades long catalogue released on Jalapeno Records and called simply – TWENTY.
The album works its way through the band and fan favourites and showcases some of the incredible guests they have worked with over the years – from Lee Fields to Parcels, Romanthony to Mayer Hawthorne, Ben Westbeech to Durand Jones.
Alongside the TWENTY album there will be a series of refreshing remixes of their back catalogue hits presented monthly on their own Boogie Angst label with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard kicking things off with a rework of ‘Let’s Go Back’, featuring the aforementioned late legend Romanthony. This steady stream of remixes will also culminate in a full remix album at the end of the year and of course the band will be celebrating the milestone with a tour including their now legendary and always sold out annual ADE show at Melkweg.
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