Review: UK/NL-based collective of funk aficionados Boogie Angst now present Feiertag. The Netherlands based producer and virtuoso drummer serves up another clutch of gorgeously refined tracks. He's joined by an equally talented crew of musicians with some smooth vocal performances. Long time collaborator Okke Punt returns to contribute his 'Bon Iver-esque falsetto' on the EP's title track, whilst talented singer David Harks leads the Kitsune championed single "Bunraku". This ethereal opener is led by another of his beautiful vocal performances, set against a cinematic and hook filled production. "Eloquence" is the sole instrumental track on the record and takes things in a more dancefloor oriented direction, with atmospheric and psychedelic leanings.
Review: Since debuting in the early 2000s, Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have established themselves as one of Europe's premier purveyors of eclectic, funk-fuelled dancefloor positivity. It's little surprise then to find that their new album "Pleasure Centre" - their sixth studio set in total - is another joyous romp. This time round, they've drawn more influence from West Coast style blue-eyed soul and yacht rock while continuing to offer nods towards boogie, P-funk, synth-pop, '80s soul, jazz-funk and Rotary Connection (see the superb "Twilght", with vocals by rising star FitzRoy). It's a wonderfully warm and attractive blend, with the result being a superb collection of dancefloor cuts and heady downtempo numbers that all adds up to their best album to date.
Review: 'Don't Want This To Be Over' featured on the Dutch funk/soul/breaks trio's sixth studio album 'Pleasure Centre' last year, and now here comes the obligatory remix set. A simple Edit is up first, followed by a stripped-back pass from Jean Tonqique with hints of Italo and a lil' funk squelch. Saison is then tasked with housing things up: his Hold It Back Dub works best for this reviewer because it lets the slap bassline shine through, but the vocal Saison Remix is also perfectly playable. Completing the EP is the lower-tempo, soul-drenched 'Knight One', which comes on like a lost 70s Laurel Canyon classic given a Balearic makeover.
Review: Following a run of releases from L'Enfant and Feirertag, Kraak & Smaak's Boogie Angst label turns its attentions to the music of Snacks, a production unit that helped launch the Magic Jams label in 2014. This four-track EP is full of life and bursting most is the soul of "We Want Love" which feels like some kind of post-futurist amalgamation of Moby mixed with John Legend and early Hotflush records. "Get Me High" merges R&B with Prince and Stevie Wonder-influenced pop, while "Chatter" is less about the vocals and more about dope keys and chords. And for DJs out there, an extended mix of the title track comes as a bonus.