First Listen! Kraak & Smaak feat. Eric Biddines – Smile (thatmanmonkz Remix) (Jalapeño Records)
And here we go again! Just like someone rated ‘Stumble’ as Nu-Disco, we get the same along with ‘Smile’, although on a Soulful House tip this time! Not too sure about this neither though as it seems so reductive once again.
A quick listen to this out of the loop gem suffices to understand as to how it gets way further than that. Embracing so many different vibes such as Funk, Electro and deep Jazz/House. And I’m not even talkin’ about Eric Biddines‘s vocal performance with his one of a kind voice tone. Inbetween spoken words and Hip-Hop. ‘Smile’ is so particular as a matter of fact, as away from the regular standards. Now wonder why this infectiously funky U.F.O. is most definitely due to find a mention in our 10 essential 2017 tracks.
Kinda hard not to establish a connection with Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘Friends’ as remixed by Plastic Plates in terms of funkiness. Will be glad knowing about your feelings about this as a matter of fact. Make yo’selves home!
Download from Traxsource.
– Unlike their name might suggest, Kraak & Smaak are not a duo but a threesome. Hailing from Leiden, Holland, Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug started making music back in 2003. They established their name with a unique blend Electronic, Deep House, Disco, Funk and downbeat vibes. Eventually generating a huge following in clubs and international festivals.
They released a total of 5 studio albums, showing a real inclination for collaborations with guests. From Ben Westbeech on ‘Plastic People’, their second album back in 2008. To Lex Empress and the late Romanthony on ‘Electric Hustle’ 3 years after. Not to mention John Turrell on the infectious ‘Back Again’ as remixed by Hot Toddy. But also Parcels on ‘Stumble’, from their 2016 ‘Juicy Fruit’ album. Or Eric Biddines on the lectrophonky ‘Smile’. And they also made themselves quite a reputation on the remix front. Reworking tracks for artists such as Jamiroquai, Mark Rae and DJ Cam. And also José Padilla, Smoove & Turrell in addition to Moby to name a few.
– “You know thatmanmonkz, even if you don’t know thatmanmonkz”, one coud read somewhere on his bio. A statement that says a lot I suppose. Indamixworldwide makin’ no exception in that perspective. This with a couple of mentions of him on these shores to this date…
Hailing from Sheffield, Scott Moncrieff aka thatmanmonkz wears countless hats. From DJing to producing. But also acting as a recording artist and label boss of Shadeleaf Music. The fact he’d played with cats such as Carl Craig, Grandmaster Flash, Recloose, and Phil Asher somehow adding as to what he’s about.
Flat-sharing with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) led to a crash course in studio techniques. Meanwhile inspiring him to join forces with Toddla T (Radio 1) and form Small Arms Fiya. The pair collaborating on a number of releases and remixes which all received an impressive global acclaim.
Moncrieff manages to tread that fine line of simultaneously picking up props from all angles. But also wrecking dance floors the world over, whilst remaining resolutely underground. Meanwhile obviously focusing on the more interesting corners of Dance Music. Just the way he did for instance along with Pete Simpson. This on ‘In Bed With You’ as a part of ‘Are You Still Sleeping’. An EP which marked the start of his collaboration with the Classic Music Company label back in 2015.
As a result, no wonder why Traxsource rated him as the #10 Deep House producer for the year 2016/2017. This by the time he released his recent debut-album – ‘Columbusing’ – which happened to be an interesting document. Most likely because it touched on authentic Deep House, Funk and Soul. And this, with plenty of proper song structures and real vocalists amidst the underground club heaters. Thus spanning gems such as ‘For Bae’ and ‘Turn It Out’ featuring Dave Aju. Then how could we forget his brilliant remix of Kraak & Smaak‘s ‘Smile’ back in 2017? With the aptly titled ‘Ooh Wee’ marking his return to Classic Music Company and featuring Detroit songstress Nikki-O most likely destined to make extra waves.