KRAAK & SMAAK | 03.31.07 | SAN FRANCISCO
By: Robyn Rubinstein
Kraak & Smaak :: 03.31.07 :: Mighty :: San Francisco, CA
1) Preserving functioning neurons is important.
2) An authentic music experience can be just as much fun, and is, in fact, often more fun than one spent with my eyes rolled back into my skull.
Lately, my quest has been to find bands that can move me physically and emotionally without artificial sweeteners. With some concerted effort, I’ve found more than a few, and the latest is called Kraak & Smaak. Yes, the irony is not lost on me.
Kraak & Smaak is a Dutch electro-funk band whose live performances bring a well-needed dose of soul to dance music. Their name derives from a Dutch proverb that has nothing to do with crack nor smack. The core members of the group are keyboard prodigy Oscar De Jong and DJs Wim Plug and Mark Kneppers. Their touring band includes Ro Krom on percussion and vocals, vocalist Rose Spearman, and bass guitarist Mark Baronner. Since their first gig in May of 2005, Kraak & Smaak has been gathering steam in Europe. BBC Online claims that their debut album, Boogie Angst, sounds like “a lost master from the Stax vault. It’s that good.”
At one point, my friend turned to me and said, “If you don’t like funk, I kind of think there is something wrong with you.” Wise words. Kraak & Smaak have merged funk, soul and disco into an empirical groove that is fresh, fun and addictive even when you can focus both eyes clearly.
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