Oct 18th, 2019
Kraak & Smaak’s 6th studio album “Pleasure Centre” is the culmination of two years hard work since their critically acclaimed previous full-length and their first Kraak & Smaak LP released on their own label – Boogie Angst. As expected it’s a glorious record packed with future classics, flitting between funky dancefloor focused jams and more relaxed downtempo affairs.
The album has a definite West Coast US folk and hippie vibe to it and sees them fuse classic 70’s and 80’s yacht rock, dream pop, and indie influences in with their signature electronic funk sound. And this result is no mere accident or emulation… Working on the demos in their own studio before travelling to LA for a month last year to meet and work with featured artists, they stayed in Echo Park and recorded in local studios and sometimes even in the homes or backyards garages of their collaborators.
Hand- picking the best of the local talent: dance diva – Gavin Turek, indie upstarts – The Palms and dream pop dealer – Satchmode all contribute their talents to the cause.
The Dutchmen have earned a deserved reputation in particular for the A&R side of the industry, with both the discovery and collaboration of new rising acts high on their agenda. Previous successes include working with Parcels, Alexndr London (championed by Annie Mac), Eric Biddiness (6Music playlisted) and Cleopold (signed to Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker’s own label). And they continue to uncover hidden gems outside of LA on this record too…
Moon Boots collaborator Nic Hanson, Jalapeno Records’ gospel/soul powerhouse Izo FitzRoy, soul man Wolfgang Valbrun (Ephemerals / Kungs), New Zealand’s imugi 이무기| and previous collaborator and soul songstress Sanguita are accompanied by regular members of the Kraak & Smaak live band IVAR and Berenice Van Leer across 15 fantastic new tracks.
“Pleasure Centre” is everything you’d want in an album and everything we’ve come to expect from these dance stalwarts – innovative, relevant, and modern tracks with great production and exciting guest features that are guaranteed to fire up your own pleasure centre!