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Greek label, based in Athens and set up by Angelos “Timewarp” Stoumpos in 2009. Kraak is a sub-label of Timewarp Music (est. 2004), and provides a home for any releases that don't quite fall within the parent label's “nu funk, nu disco, nu jazz, dub and breaks” remit – so expect anything from broken beat to deep house to electro. Apart from Timewarp himself, some of Kraak’s key artists include ActRaiser, LegoBoy and The Allegorist, as well as Afternoons In Stereo, AKA Canada's Greg Vickers. Just to avoid any confusion, there is no connection between the Kraak label and similarly named Dutch funk/soul outfit Kraak & Smaak.
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Icaro Sessions
Dub Foggy Thoughts - (5:16)
I'm A Dog, But I Don't Bark No More - (5:38)
Footprints In The Sky - (3:33)
Bad Spirits Go Away (Leave Me Alone) - (3:41)
Camel Caravane Dance Moves - (4:16)
Blink Of A Golden Eye - (4:20)
Four Dwarfs And Two Giants - (4:38)
Whistle From Bukovac - (4:06)
Forest Brain - (4:59)
New Biology - (4:56)
Red Spot - (4:08)
Something About Shorty - (2:25)
Drifters In A Loopland - (5:17)
Happy People Riding Horses - (4:04)
KRK 158
09 Jun 23
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Camel Caravane Dance Moves
Camel Caravane Dance Moves - (4:16)
KRK 157
09 Jun 23
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Footprints In The Sky
Footprints In The Sky - (3:33)
KRK 156
02 Jun 23
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Dub Foggy Thoughts
KRK 155
26 May 23
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Afrobeach - (3:41)
Swahili Bure - (4:53)
Ipno And Black Sweat - (4:28)
Communications - (4:27)
Funk Evolution - (6:05)
Storm - (4:46) Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Vito Lalinga, the mastermind behind Vi Mode Inc. Project, drops Storm featuring six tracks that blend a variety of musical styles, including tropical, Afro, funk, downtempo, and jazz. The album weaves together African and Latin American elements with western instrumentation, creating an authentic and innovative sound. With memorable melodies and percussive rhythms on every track, the organic quality of the release shines through, and the warm brass sections stand out as a highlight. Lalinga's ability to blend musical styles shines through, resulting in a unique and captivating release.
KRK 154
07 Apr 23
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Back In Time II
Sea Of Sadness - (8:08)
Free - (3:23)
Lego Boy & Beat Ride - "Shadow Or Not" - (5:44)
Lego Boy & Beat Ride - "One Step Away" - (6:07)
Lego Boy & Beat Ride - "Rethinking About Love" - (6:51) Biggest-selling track on this release
Let The Spirit - (5:13)
Feeling Love - (5:25)
Flying In A Mercedes Benz (radio mix) - (4:09)
Moments With You - (5:02)
Release Myself - (4:32)
I'm Here To Stay (feat Jennie Nega) - (3:53)
Review: Last year Greek label Kraak brought us 'Back In Time', a collection of eight of the best tracks produced for the label over the years by Heraklion-based Yiannis Mihelinakis AKA Lego Boy, and now here comes a second installment. 'Back In Time II' is sitting in our Balearic/Downtempo section and, yes, cuts like 'Sea Of Sadness' or 'Flying In A Mercedes Benz' capture that sundown-at-Mambo vibe perfectly. But several of the tracks would be equally at home on the Broken Beat/Nu-Jazz pages - notably 'Shadow Or Not', which has a blues-y trip-hop feel, and the more lounge-y 'One Step Away' - while there are excursions, too, into leftfield hip-hop (see 'Free') and into groovier, housier pastures (see 'Let The Spirit')... all of which adds up to one very pleasant hour of chilled listening.
KRK 153
10 Mar 23
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What We Gonna Do
What We Gonna Do (feat Georges Perin) - (5:33) Biggest-selling track on this release
What We Gonna Do (feat Georges Perin - Jack Tennis remix) - (5:50)
Disco Toy - (5:13)
Review: Belarusian producer Lavr Berzhanin, AKA Dj Laurel, comes to Athens' Kraak label with a track starring Greek vocalist Georges Perin. The fruits of their labours are sitting on our Disco pages but would play just as well on soulful house floors, with 'What We Gonna Do' a midtempo chugger in which Perin's vocal sits atop a dense soundbed powered by piano chords and funk guitar chops. Jack Tennis turns up the brightness on the ivories and adds space disco stabs to give the track an uplifting, Ibiza-esque feel, before the EP's rounded out by 'Disco Toy', a struttier cut with more of an authentic 70s glitterball vibe.
KRK 152
09 Dec 22
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Sweet Childhood
Blocked - (4:38)
Rude Boy - (6:32)
Lima - (5:30)
MikroBioScopik - (5:47)
Islamabad - (5:24)
Polnareff - (6:01)
Disk Error II - (6:59)
KRK 151
18 Nov 22
Deep House
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So Different
So Different - (5:37) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Balkan Sunrise - (7:49) 125 BPM
This Is The Way - (4:45) 90 BPM
Review: An aptly titled EP here from Croatian producer Umbo, because the three featured tracks do indeed evidence a significant degree of stylistic variation. 'So Different' itself is an unhurried affair centering around a dusty funk loop, atop which are placed gently shimmering keys, understated brass and lightly fluttering guitars. 'Balkan Sunrise' rides a livelier backbeat but is otherwise a mellower cut with a distinct Mediterranean feel, while 'This Is The Way' features sonorous, slow-moving hand percussion, a looped female "this is the way it's gonna be" vocal and layers of Middle Eastern/Indian sounds. It all adds up to 19 solid minutes of very pleasant chilled listening indeed.
KRK 150
07 Oct 22
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Kraak Downtempo Vol 5
Mellow Men - "Both Visions" (Timewarp remix) - (4:41) 98 BPM
ActRaiser - "Abbott's Rest" - (4:28) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sundayman - "A Little Little" - (4:06) 103 BPM
Ted Ganung - "New Kicks" - (3:24) 96 BPM
OR - "Keep On Trying" (feat Manuela Hofer - Trip Hop mix) - (5:12) 80 BPM
MCurtis - "G.O.D" (feat The Mage - Kovacs Metaphysics remix) - (3:43) 80 BPM
Lego Boy - "Fly Away" - (4:10) 125 BPM
Mosek - "Soulitude" (Foeniks remix) - (4:28) 70 BPM
Olivier Garth - "Imagine Yourself" (feat Lorena Dale - OR Downtempo remix) - (5:38) 100 BPM
Afternoons In Stereo - "Tidal Passage" (2021 remastered) - (5:22) 100 BPM
ActRaiser - "Dusty Trail" - (3:51) 89 BPM
Medras - "All Dissolved" - (4:18) 69 BPM
Sundayman - "Circles" (Chill mix) - (4:05) 85 BPM
MCurtis - "Bane" - (4:29) 100 BPM
OR - "Portobello" - (7:04) 88 BPM
Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project) - "Sax Street" - (5:06) 108 BPM
DJ Color C2 - "New Paths" - (6:32) 119 BPM
Lego Boy - "Feeling Blue" (feat Haris Attonis) - (5:43) 90 BPM
OR - "Le Funk De Demain" (Chill mix) - (5:16) 110 BPM
DJ Mas Corazon - "A Better Day" - (5:52) 120 BPM
Voodoo Child - "2 Trumpets & A Beat" - (7:22) 122 BPM
Timewarp - "Backafro" - (7:32) 120 BPM
Review: Greek label Kraak brings us another collection of lower-paced electronic grooves. As it's the fifth volume, fans of the label will have a pretty good idea what to expect already, but for anyone who's new to the series, contained herein you'll find plenty for ammunition for your Balearic and post-club sets - think muted, ponderous beats, dusty old jazz samples, hazy synths, fluttering Spanish guitars, birdsong and ocean sounds. Things do pick up a little tempo-wise towards the end of the album, though, to the extent that DJ Mas Corazon's 'A Better Day' could even find its way onto soulful house floors.
KRK 149
23 Sep 22
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Backafro - (7:32) 120 BPM
Tropitech - (5:57) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
KRK 148
24 Jun 22
Deep House
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Imagine Yourself
Imagine Yourself (feat Lorena Dale - OR Downtempo remix) - (5:38) 100 BPM
Imagine Yourself (OR Downtempo dub remix) - (5:38) 100 BPM
Imagine Yourself (feat Lorena Dale - 2022 remaster) - (7:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Imagine Yourself (dub mix - 2022 remaster) - (7:34) 126 BPM
Review: London-based French producer Olivier Garth is no stranger to the scene - his production career spans back 15 years or more, operating mostly in the tech-house, progressive and electro-house arenas. Here, though, Kraak re-issue a far more summery, housey-housey excursion alongside vocalist Lorena Dale that first came out back in 2016. The original track and its dub have been remastered for 2022, but perhaps the bigger news is the inclusion of two new downtempo rubs from OR that sit somewhere between Balearica, trip-hop and slo-mo early 80s electrofunk - expect to hear this muchly should you happen to be in the vicinity of any Iberican beach bars this summer...
KRK 147
03 Jun 22
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Both Visions
Both Visions - (4:58) 98 BPM
Both Visions (Timewarp remix) - (4:41) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Mellow Men are a loose musical collective headed up by Amor and Amir Jashari, better known as deep house stalwarts Kiano & Below Bangkok, and fellow Croatian DJ/producer Davor Osuskok. They've already had tracks and mixes out on such respected labels as Ready Mix Records, Haute Musique and DeepWit, and now they come to Greek imprint Kraak with a suitably laidback and, yes, mellow number that'd be tailor-made for poolside loungin' in Ibiza (or even on a deckchair on Bacvice Beach), and that comes accompanied by an even mellower rerub courtesy of label boss Angelos Stoumpos AKA Timewarp Inc.
KRK 146
06 May 22
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Love Construction
A Better Day - (5:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sonic Lover - (7:06) 117 BPM
Review: Following his impressive debut on Metronomic a couple of years back, DJ Mas Corazon makes his debut appearance on Greek label Kraak Records with the balearic nu-disco vibes of "Love Construction" and its gorgeous vocal throughout. Second offering "A Better Day" sees the New York City-based producer head poolside for more sun in the fun, on this low slung boogie-funk number that'll have you dancing well after sunset.
KRK 145
15 Apr 22
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Outerland II
Circles (feat Anastasia Basta) - (3:45) 89 BPM
Pulsar (feat Maro) - (3:40) 100 BPM
Time - (4:00) 65 BPM
Away (feat MOb) - (5:58) 131 BPM
Purple - (4:20) 120 BPM
A Little Little - (4:06) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Winterphobia (feat Sommerdust) - (3:47) 88 BPM
Microcosm - (3:40) 76 BPM
Circles (Chill mix) - (4:05) 85 BPM
Review: It may have taken 13 years, but Kraak regular Sundayman has finally delivered a sequel to his Balearic-minded 2009 debut album, Outerland. Packed with ear-catching contributions from guest vocalists and musicians, it's an album rich in both loose-limbed organic instrumentation (drums, bass, guitars) and heady, immersive electronics. This is downtempo music to close your eyes and get lost in, with highlights including the slow-burn symphonic shimmer of opener 'Circles', the warming synthesizer cycles and sub-bright melodies of 'Purple', the shuffling electronica Americana of 'A Little Little' and the ghostly, heart-breaking ambience of 'Microcosm'.
18 Feb 22
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KRK 144
11 Feb 22
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What Can I Say
What Can I Say (feat Andy Touch) - (6:52) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
What Can I Say (dub) - (6:17) 110 BPM
Review: Olivier and Roland, two French producers who've been based in London since 2000, team up once more with regular vocal collaborator Andy Touch. 'What Can I Say', in its Original form, has 'lazy Ibiza afternoon' written all over it, being a languid, laidback groove, a little spangled around the edges and featuring some fine jazz-funk guitar work and horns as well as Touch's vaguely indie-ish male vocal. The accompanying Dub essentially just strips out the latter, allowing the six-string and brass to come further to the fore and making it the pick for this reviewer. Nice n' easy does it...
KRK 142
12 Nov 21
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All Dissolved
Life Goes On - (4:28) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
I Feel Alone - (2:43) 113 BPM
I Wanna See You - (4:13) 110 BPM
Easy Ride - (4:31) 120 BPM
In Your Face - (3:29) 100 BPM
Play With Me - (3:44) 120 BPM
Religion - (3:18) 127 BPM
This Is My Life - (3:50) 72 BPM
Lost - (3:22) 123 BPM
Mellow - (3:19) 110 BPM
La Luna - (4:51) 119 BPM
All Dissolved - (4:18) 69 BPM
Review: A diamond within the expansive catalogue of labels like Timewarp and in particular, Kraak, the downtempo and exotic sounds of Medras return! Delivering an 11-track LP that delves into a classic '90s and early 2000s sound of chill electronica, deep Baelerica, trip hop and left-field house inspirations. A particular call out is the deep and melodic dancefloor jam that is "Lost" that appears next to more effervescent house numbers made for Ibiza like "Play With Me". With super-charged hip hop and IDM colliding in "This Is My Life", more disco-powered new wave sessions come through "Religion". Real name Christos Christogiorgos, aka Medras, also dives into a world of ethic timbres, rock, funk, folk and psychedelia influences that come through in album tracks like "I Wanna See You", "Mellow" and "Life Goes On".
KRK 141
15 Oct 21
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Keep On Trying
Keep On Trying (Trip Hop mix) - (5:12) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Keep On Trying (House mix) - (6:47) 59 BPM
Keep On Trying (Funk mix) - (5:28) 90 BPM
Review: House, trip hop and funk in the mix with OR's Keep On Trying single for Kraak! Throwing down some warehouse beats, chugging grooves and badass bass licks in the house mix, slight tinges of disco push at the stratospheres of atmospheric house. Heavier broken beats and upfront synths give an edgier vibe to the Trip Hop mix with Manuela Hofer's breathy vocals adding that serine Cafe Del Mar touch. And for something a little more broken-beat with some '70s funk basslines, orchestral disco strings and layered keys, head on down to funky town.
KRK 140
10 Sep 21
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The City Is Sleeping (2021 Remastered)
Hypotenaus (2021 remastered) - (1:36) 150 BPM
The City Is Sleeping (2021 remastered) - (4:49) 120 BPM
Black Colossus (2021 remastered) - (4:16) 120 BPM
One For Toshi (2021 remastered) - (6:26) 120 BPM
Luna (2021 remastered) - (4:43) 153 BPM
The Road To Damascus (2021 remastered) - (4:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
How Does It Feel (2021 remastered) - (4:52) 120 BPM
Sea Of Cortez (2021 remastered) - (5:17) 116 BPM
Virgo Nocturna (2021 remastered) - (1:32) 133 BPM
The Last Bohemian (2021 remastered) - (4:19) 127 BPM
Waltz Of The Fellaheen (2021 remastered) - (5:04) 134 BPM
Cosa Nostra (bonus track) - (4:38) 100 BPM
What You See (Is What You Get) (bonus track) - (4:06) 65 BPM
Review: Kraak delivers a third and final archival release of Greg Vickers legendary Afternoons In Stereo project from back in the day. Backed by his jazz, ambient, breakbeat and trip hop influences, The City Is Sleeping gets downright adventurous on tracks like "The Road To Damascus", with its desert tuareg vibe conveyed perfectly by Arabic percussion and an otherworldly oud. "Sea Of Cortez" harkens to the Sergio Leone side of cinematica, all acoustic guitars and a dramatic solo that would make Morricone proud. Album centerpiece "How Does It Feel?" brings a huge beat and insistent funkiness, not to mention a sublime guitar solo courtesy of Oliver Schraa. Album closer "Waltz Of The Fellaheen" is a genuine waltz, set around ethereal brass and a haunting violin, and complemented by vibraphone and gorgeous french horn and flute solos!
KRK 139
16 Jul 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Portobello - (7:04) 88 BPM
Sunrise - (6:38) 80 BPM
Review: Greek label Kraak bring us two downtempo cuts from OR, a French duo who are based in London. To say the title track is a languid, moody affair would be understating the case - imagine you're in a brooding 40s noir thriller, only everyone's on downers and wading through treacle, and you'll get the idea. 'Portobello' is definitely one for the headnodders and herbablists, then, but its pleasingly understated geetar histrionics do hint as what's to come on the accompanying 'Sunrise' - think Sabres Of Paradise or Nightmares On Wax dabbling in late 70s west coast jazz-fusion. None of which is a bad thing, by the way!
KRK 138
02 Jul 21
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Leaves Of Brass (2021 Remastered)
Tinto Brass - (4:49) 95 BPM
Pied A Terre - (4:45) 131 BPM
The Great Aerial Ocean - (6:26) 69 BPM
Saarinen In Dub - (5:16) 129 BPM
The Puma - (5:22) 120 BPM
Django's Revenge - (3:49) 136 BPM
Late For Goodbye - (4:36) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Andalusia - (5:35) 131 BPM
Tidal Passage - (5:22) 50 BPM
Chasing The Lotus - (4:58) 150 BPM
Percussions - (5:07) 144 BPM
The Puma (reprise) - (2:00) 120 BPM
Work My Mind (bonus track) - (4:22) 131 BPM
Abstrakt Jazz (bonus track) - (4:55) 120 BPM
KRK 137
18 Jun 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Journeys & Memories
New Paths - (6:32) 119 BPM
New Paths (feat Silvano Stauffer - remix 21) - (5:50) 121 BPM
Luciano Nunes & DJ Color C2 - "Magali Chegou Na Praia" - (5:21) 125 BPM
Freak Day - (6:10) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
High Tight - (7:36) 119 BPM
Flight To Light - (6:10) 115 BPM
Review: Having previously contributed a number of killer cuts to Timewarp Music compilations, DJ Color C2 has been awarded the chance to showcase his productions via debut EP on the Greek label's Kraak Records offshoot. There's much to enjoy across the deliciously sunny and summery selection, from the glistening guitars and heady Mediterranean beats of 'New Paths' (which is also available in the sax-laden, slightly more house style 'Remix 21' form), to the flanged disco-funk excitement of 'Freak Day', the Italo disco/80s synth-pop influenced cheeriness of 'High Tight' and the bubbly Balearic electronica of 'Flight To Light'. Also worth a listen is the producer's collaboration with Luciano Nunes, a deep broken beat affair rich in heavenly keys, distant seagull calls and hard-wired Clavinet lines.
KRK 136
04 Jun 21
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Aural Pleasure (2021 Remastered)
Ocean Floor (2021 remastered) - (3:44) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sunrais (2021 remastered) - (6:11) 125 BPM
Turtleneck (2021 remastered) - (4:35) 50 BPM
Manihi (2021 remastered) - (6:22) 126 BPM
Esquema Da Sophia, Pt. I (2021 remastered) - (4:16) 75 BPM
On The Way To Lucia's (2021 remastered) - (5:34) 129 BPM
Esquema Da Sophia, Pt. II (2021 remastered) - (4:09) 120 BPM
Architexture (2021 remastered) - (7:52) 155 BPM
Metrosexual (2021 remastered) - (5:41) 140 BPM
Esquema Da Sophia, Pt. III (2021 remastered) - (4:34) 124 BPM
Sao Paulo (2021 remastered) - (4:35) 83 BPM
Modernist Abode (2021 remastered) - (5:01) 131 BPM
Driving At Night (bonus tack) - (3:44) 129 BPM
Lambretta Rossa (bonus tack) - (4:19) 133 BPM
Review: He first came to public notice in the early 00s serving up tuff, tribal house under his own name, but since then Canada's Greg Vickers has been turning out a neat line in funk, jazz-funk and soul as Afternoons In Stereo, under which alias he's released at least eight long-players to date. Here, Greek label Kraak reissue his AIS debut album 'Aural Pleasure', which first came out as self release in 2004, all digitally remastered and now with a couple of bonus tracks thrown in for good measure. If you're a fan of mellow grooves replete with brushed snares, jazz-funk geetar, mournful 80s sax and parping Hammonds, it really is the bomb - so if you missed it first time around, don't sleep now!
KRK 135
14 May 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Le Funk De Demain
Le Funk De Demain - (4:52) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Le Funk De Demain (Chill mix) - (5:16) 110 BPM
Review: Olivier Cohen & Roland Vongo are OR - landing on Kraak with Le Funk. A French duo who met in London whilst roving the city's vibrant disco scene. Now the two combine in a wealth of knowledge and dancefloor experience which they show off in Le Funk De Demain. The original burns like disco should only to be kept at a simmer through sheer coolness! Furthermore, there's the chill mix that throws down some ice cold bassline funk, ad-lib percussion and clap tracks for that extra Kraak and smack effect.
KRK 134
09 Apr 21
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Black Spirit Planet V
Scream & Shout - (5:23) 109 BPM
Sax Street - (5:06) 108 BPM
Khartum - (4:37) 79 BPM
In The Jungle - (4:41) 98 BPM
Murder In Casablanca - (4:45) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Suspance Time - (4:36) 100 BPM
Traveling At Night - (4:31) 100 BPM
Scream & Shout (Santoro remix) - (6:18) 126 BPM
Review: Jazz, funk, house, disco, soul, afrobeat, swing, techno and broken rhythms: Vito Lalinga outta Italy does it all in this eight-track swipe at Kraak records. Bringing sweet Spanish guitar to numbers like "Khartum" or some undeniable jazz-funk to "Murder In Casablanca", you'll find a heavier riff and rhythm tracks in "In The Jungle". With a subtle touch of dub added to the walking bassline of "Sax Street", filter house without the filter makes it into "Scream & Shout" next to something overtly electronic and '90s lounge style in "Traveling At Night". Sweet broken beat numbers in "Suspense Time" too. Check it out!
KRK 133
19 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Short Stories
Dusty Trail - (3:51) 89 BPM
Abbott's Rest - (4:28) 95 BPM
For Whom The Bell Tolls - (6:07) 90 BPM
Enlightenment - (3:46) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Secret Journal - (4:48) 90 BPM
Days To Remember - (5:08) 85 BPM
Dutch Gold - (5:25) 96 BPM
Sleepy Haze - (6:07) 80 BPM
Reading By Candlelight - (4:27) 90 BPM
Closure - (3:30) 85 BPM
Review: Based in Suffolk, ActRaiser goes by Rob Sayles in real life, and until quite recently he was best known for a string of liquid funk releases on labels such as Fokuz, Celsius and Influenza Media. His fourth album, however, finds him back in the downtempo/chill-out territory where he started out - his 2011 debut album came out on Cold Busted. 'Short Stories' may be sitting in our Broken Beat/Nu-Jazz pages but you won't find too many 7/13 time signatures or pointless flute noodles here - instead think dreamy, soulful instrumental vibes from the Balearic side of the street. It's a little 'polite' in places, maybe, but easy on the ear all the same.
KRK 132
19 Feb 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Transient Access - (8:23) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dub Me High - (6:00) 120 BPM
To The Bone - (5:11) 85 BPM
2 Trumpets & A Beat - (7:22) 122 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: 2021 may have started as 2020 ended - I.E in a frighteningly dystopian manner - but Kraak Records regular Voodoo Child is in as cheery and positive form as ever, musically speaking at least. The producer's latest EP is breezy and attractive, offering a range of tracks that draw influence from both house and nu-disco. Check first the rolling riffs, sustained chords, ear-pleasing synthesizer flourishes and warehouse-ready house beats of 'Dub Me High', before backtracking to revel in the shimmering electronics and funk-fuelled nu-disco grooves of opener 'Transient Access'. Elsewhere, he reaches for bold synth stabs, bustling Afro-house beats and drowsy chords on '2 The Bone', while '2 Trumpets & A Beat' is a warm, woozy and undeniably huggable slab of nu-disco drowsiness.
KRK 131
15 Jan 21
Deep House
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Draw A New Picture (feat Nina De Lianin) - (5:14) 120 BPM
Spark (feat Lostpoet & Lunar Moods) - (3:38) 50 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Blue Penguin - (5:06) 120 BPM
L Agua - (1:27) 85 BPM
Hofn Giak - (3:54) 105 BPM
Defiled Panacea - (2:02) 138 BPM
Bane - (4:29) 100 BPM
Spark (feat Lunar Moods) - (3:38) 50 BPM
Review: Emanouil Kourtikakis's mCurtis project presents a second full length album called Faro following the artist's debut long player Yomi of 2018 (which was sweetly remixed by a Kraaking cast of producers in 2019). Delving into deeper beat making territory in tracks worth highlighting like "Hofn Giak" and the subdued yet groovy nu-jazz number "Blue Penguin", easier vibes like "Bane" go down like smooth cognac next to the smokey sounds of "Draw A New Picture" feat Serbian vocalist Nina De Lianin. Find some extra bass pops and spritzy atmospheres in "L Agua" alongside the hip hop and funk experimentations of "Spark" with vocals from US rapper Lost Poet and live trumpets from Lunar Moods. And for some sidewinding free electro and ambient jazz sessions head straight to "Defiled Panacea".
KRK 130
04 Dec 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Instrumental Insight
New Kicks - (3:24) 96 BPM
Truthfulness - (3:28) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Oracle - (3:01) 87 BPM
Instrumental Insight - (2:54) 90 BPM
Review: Indulging in forms of dancehall and reggae to lovers rock, deep house, balearic strings and downtempo grooves, New Yorker Ted Ganung arrives on Kraak with Instrumental Insight. Turning in a solid four-track dose for the Greek label, Ganung throws down some mean strides of urban street and hip hop flavours in "New Kicks" next to some rhode-driven and summer, tropical twang in "Oracle". Feel the breeze. Subtle R&B elements next to some wobble dubstep bass make it into "Truthfulness" with tougher two step vibes in lead track "Instrumental Insight". Get some.
KRK 128
23 Oct 20
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Soulitude - (2:53) 70 BPM
Soulitude (Foeniks remix) - (4:28) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Soulitude (Funky Fella remix) - (2:42) 87 BPM
Soulitude (Fokus remix) - (3:27) 70 BPM
Soulitude (Lego Boy remix) - (3:59) 125 BPM
Review: Kraak outta Greece introduces new artist Mosek to its roster with a set of dubbed out minimal beats and loops thanks to a sweet cast of remixers that help interpret the ambient, jazz and bliss vibes of the original. Across the single Mosek's "Soulitude" receives touches of footwork in Foenix's version with some higher tempo percussion and two step rhythms boosting Fokus' hook. Lazy Los Angeles summer vibes in Lego Boy's remix with Funky Boy going deep and atmospheric with a slice of space cowboy twang to his mix.
KRK 127
31 Jul 20
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Free - (3:23) 77 BPM
Across The World - (3:53) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fly Away - (4:10) 125 BPM
Loneliness Can Make You Feel Empty - (3:33) 100 BPM
Review: Based in Heraklion, Crete, Lego Boy goes by the name of John Mihelinakis in real life. In his Lego Boy guise, though, he specialises in laidback, leftfield grooves that draw on a wide range of influences, from world music to electronica. 'Free' is a looping, Lemon Jelly-esque affair that marries a sitar (or slide guitar?) to a rap-style female vocal, 'Across The World' sits somewhere between Burial and art-pop, 'Fly Away' is a blissed-out, summery affair with deceptively uptempo percussion, and 'Loneliness Can Make You Feel Empty' veers towards prog-breaks territory while sporting an Indian-style vocal. An eclectic and engaging listen.
KRK 126
26 Jun 20
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Kraak Downtempo Vol 4
Small Night Orchestra - "Electro Zen" - (4:43) 85 BPM
MCurtis - "Kiboo" (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne BlueBird - Timewarp Inc remix) - (4:06) 95 BPM
Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project) - "Attack On Earth" - (5:47) 107 BPM
MCurtis - "Dark Matters" (Stiko remix) - (3:01) 54 BPM
Medras - "Epirus" (feat Petroloukas Halkias) - (4:56) 61 BPM
Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project) - "Galaxy Groove" - (4:55) 118 BPM
Pablo Mat - "To Night" (feat Fred) - (7:10) 115 BPM
Timewarp - "Backbeat" - (6:11) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project) - "No Future" - (6:28) 105 BPM
Medras - "Sound In My Head" - (3:06) 115 BPM
Voodoo Child - "Iboga Ritual" - (6:05) 122 BPM
Pablo Mat - "Thank You Ray" - (5:01) 55 BPM
Review: The ever reliable balearic, downtempo, deep house and acoustic ambiance connoisseurs Kraak outta Greece deliver Downtempo Vol 4! Standout tracks include the shake and crackle percussion of Stiko's remix to MCurtis, to the dubbed-out, uptempo and piano driven ambient house of "Galaxy Groove". Pablo Mat delivers two slower, cool electro-jazz and guitar sessions with some Afro-inspirations coming from the vocal loops and polyrhythms of Timewarp's 'Iboga Ritual". Look to Medras' "Sound In My Head" for some extra guitars and folk elements alongside two slow burning disco numbers from Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project). Snap, Krakkle 'n' pop.
KRK 125
17 Apr 20
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Black Spirit Planet IV
Brazilectro - (5:54) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
No Future - (6:28) 105 BPM
Walk My Way - (5:35) 108 BPM
Spiritual Space - (6:10) 120 BPM
Review: Vito Lalinga delivers his third record to 2020 already with this four-track EP for Greek label Kraak. It was 2018 when Lalinga made his debut on Kraak's parent label Timewarp and since then the artist has given his jazzier, soulful and percussive take on music to labels like Legofunk and Sound Exhibitions. For Kraak he sends in Black Spirit Planet, a record that dives into funky and ambient jazz territory that reach their peak in lead track "Spiritual Space" alongside the flute and samba sessions of "Brazilectro", the rhode and strings driven "Walk My Way", and the mellow tribalisms of "No Future".
KRK 124
28 Feb 20
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In The Beginning
In The Beginning (Disco mix) - (5:50) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
In The Beginning (House mix) - (5:50) 122 BPM
In The Beginning (instrumental) - (5:02) 122 BPM
In The Beginning (Percapella dub) - (3:28) 122 BPM
Funk Off It All 2019 - (5:21) 115 BPM
Review: In the beginning, as we all know, there was Jack. Yes, it's another run-out here for Chuck Roberts' famous acapella from 1987, with 'In The Beginning' served up in four mixes which, being titled Disco Mix, House Mix, Instrumental Mix and Percapella Dub, are by and large fairly self-explanatory! It's the Disco Mix that stands out, though, with its 'Funky Town'-like bassline, Rodgers-esque guitars and happy hands-in-the-air Italo-house pianos, while oddly titled bonus cut 'Funk Off It All 2019' recalls the punk-funk likes of A Certain Ratio, ESQ or Liquid Liquid at their intense, claustrophobic best.
KRK 123
15 Nov 19
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Yomi (Remixed)
Kiboo (feat Hugo Kant - Mononome remix) - (4:17) 111 BPM
Kiboo (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne BlueBird - Timewarp Inc remix) - (4:06) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
GOD (feat The Mage - Kovacs Metaphysics remix) - (3:43) 80 BPM
Dark Matters (Stiko remix) - (3:01) 54 BPM
Time (feat Stiko - Video Clip version) - (3:38) 103 BPM
Lust Graveyard (feat Amira Lacrima - Tree60 remix) - (3:30) 94 BPM
Time (feat Stiko - Woxow remix) - (3:30) 103 BPM
Kiboo (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne BlueBird - Asagaya remix) - (3:06) 96 BPM
Time Feat. Stiko (Mr Collage feat Mantique remix) - (3:48) 103 BPM
Ale (feat Funky Notes - Waggles remix) - (4:18) 89 BPM
Opia (Dedy Dread remix) - (2:51) 87 BPM
Elysium (feat Chop Juggler - MCurtis live remix) - (5:36) 80 BPM
Played by: Captain Flatcap
KRK 122
25 Oct 19
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Black Spirit Planet III
A Clown's Weeping - (5:46) 51 BPM
Alien Love - (5:35) 116 BPM
Inside The Black Hole (Reprise) - (6:43) 112 BPM
Galaxy Groove - (4:55) 118 BPM
Inside The Black Hole - (5:32) 112 BPM
In The Fire - (6:51) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Global Clash - (5:53) 115 BPM
Review: Ever-prolific Italian producer Laligna (Sound Exhibitions/Timewarp) comes to Greece's Kraak stable with this seven-track long-player. Recent EPs from Laligna have variously explored Afro-house, nu jazz and straight-up retro funk territories, so it's unsurprising that for this 'album proper' he's serving up a blend of all those influences and more. The dark, rumbling 'Galaxy Groove', for instance, fuses deep house and jazz-funk, while 'Alien Love' brings the Latin-tinged Balearica and the lively 'In The Fire' would work on soulful house and funk floors alike. Overall it's an enjoyable, largely instrumental listen, particularly for those who don't like to get stuck in any one groove for too long.
KRK 121
20 Sep 19
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Water Blaz - (6:16) 120 BPM
Virtualala (Hypno House mix) - (6:55) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Hukoro - (12:01) 110 BPM
Into The Drum (Fast version) - (9:35) 128 BPM
Space Glass - (7:14) 124 BPM
Morning Drums (remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Sound Of Mars - (8:53) 120 BPM
Nova (remix cut) - (7:06) 110 BPM
Review: Timewarp man Angelos Stoumpus is a hard man to second-guess. He has a passion for turning his hand to different - if complimentary - styles, regularly switching from electro, funk breaks and disco to deep house, downtempo grooves and even dusty ambient. On his latest album-length excursion, Stoumpos effortlessly joins the dots between warming house, intergalactic jazz-funk, dark and spacey percussion workouts, acid-fired techno-jazz, trance-inducing space disco and grandiose ambient techno. It's an unusual but hugely entertaining fusion of sounds and styles, with highlights including "Into The Drum (Fast Version)", "Hukuro" and the sweaty "Morning Drums (Remix)".
KRK 120
23 Aug 19
Deep House
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Pablo Mat - "Orbita" - (2:10) 123 BPM
Pablo Mat & Fred - "Voyager" - (8:30) 90 BPM
Pablo Mat & Fred - "Ti Night" - (7:10) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pablo Mat & Juampi Lemu - "Window" - (7:49) 75 BPM
Pablo Mat - "Random Children" - (2:06) 73 BPM
Pablo Mat - "Gravedad" - (5:28) 60 BPM
Pablo Mat - "Thank You Ray" - (5:01) 55 BPM
Pablo Mat & Guillermo Godoy - "Calling Dream" - (6:26) 120 BPM
Review: Argentina's Pablo Mat comes to Greek label Kraak with his debut long-player. The album opens with the ambient 'Orbita' before taking a left turn into Balearic funk territory with 'Voyager' (think Willie Hutch remixed by ALFOS), which sets the tone for the whole album. 'Windows', for instance, alternates melancholy beats-less passages and complex jazz drums, while title track 'Gravedad' itself is essentially a straight-up jazzer with ambient overtones and closer 'Calling Dream' takes us into deep prog territory. Despite the interesting melange of styles there's nothing hugely ground-breaking going on, but fans of downtempo Balearica will find much to enjoy all the same.
KRK 119
19 Jul 19
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Iboga Ritual - (6:05) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ogun, (Pt I) - (7:23) 122 BPM
Up To No Good - (6:26) 116 BPM
HOPE (feat Sn!per) - (8:29) 123 BPM
Review: Since dropping his last solo EP on Kraak five years ago, Voodoo Child has been releasing "nu-disco, nu-funk, downtempo and abstract hip-hop" under another "top secret" alias. This return to action under his original alias is therefore well overdue. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout the four tracks. Check first melodious Afro-house opener "Iboga Ritual", where attractive Kalimba lines and whistling synthesizer motifs wrap around a bouncy, polyrhythmic drum machine groove, before moving on to the Afro-fired nu-disco dreaminess of "Ogun (Part 1)". Elsewhere, "Up To No Good" sees the producer pepper a matter-or-fect electronic house groove with chanted vocal snippets and trance-like synthesizer motifs, while title track "H.O.P.E" is a bubbly and bouncy electronic house cut with colourful synthesizer riffs and a genuinely glassy-eyed lead vocal.
KRK 117
24 May 19
Deep House
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Black Spirit Planet II
Attack On Earth - (5:47) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ethnic Deep - (5:07) 102 BPM
Into The Abyss - (5:52) 105 BPM
Blues In The Sky - (6:55) 95 BPM
The Right Time - (6:16) 120 BPM
Blue Note Rio - (6:31) 126 BPM
Review: Vi Mode Inc Project main man Vito Lalinga doesn't like to get tied down musically. In the last six months alone he's released expansive EPs that variously touch on Cuban music, fiery funk breaks, nu-jazz and disco. It's the latter sound that he returns to on this sequel to summer 2018's "Black Spirit Project". There's plenty to get the juices flowing throughout, from the jazz-funk tinged warmth of opener "Attack On Earth" and Clavinet-sporting "Ethnic Deep" (a mid-tempo fusion of reggae and disco with plenty of other World music references), to the harmonica-heavy swamp funk chug of "Blues In The Sky" and Chic-influenced bounce of "The Right Time".
KRK 114
22 Mar 19
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DarkOff - (3:50) 120 BPM
Phatmatic - (7:24) 149 BPM
Second Quest - (7:34) 120 BPM
Jazzpie - (5:45) 142 BPM
Junglist - (6:09) 126 BPM
First For Site - (4:28) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: With a back catalogue that goes back two decades, Timewarp aka Angelos Stoumpos is a hugely experienced producer. However, for his latest release, he has sifted through his old tapes to deliver unreleased material from the late 90s. Despite the passage of time, these tracks have aged well; "DarkOff" is a dusty break beat affair, littered with repetitive vocal samples, while on "Phatmatic", he explores the kind of loose beats and low-slung bass that would previously been called trip-hop. Further showcasing his versatility, "Second Quest" is a moody, tranced out breaker, while on "Jazzpie", he delivers a chugging, Rhodes-heavy groove.
KRK 113
08 Feb 19
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MCurtis - "Kiboo" (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne BlueBird) - (4:06) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Medras - "Guitar Harmony" - (3:16) 120 BPM
North Coast Vibes - "Soul Time" - (6:15) 94 BPM
Lego Boy - "Dreams Under Your Bed" - (4:10) 116 BPM
Vito Lalinga - "Bitter Taste" - (5:42) 101 BPM
Timewarp - "A Sense" - (10:12) 120 BPM
Kiano & Below Bangkok - "Not Now" - (6:43) 118 BPM
Al Grover - "Little Steps" - (4:14) 122 BPM
Timewarp - "Warm Before Get Cold" - (6:55) 120 BPM
Jay Papa - "A Touch Of You" - (9:59) 124 BPM
Ted Ganung - "Keep Moving" - (5:13) 125 BPM
Review: Greek label Kraak, part of the Timewarp family, serve up a third collection of laidback grooves for your post-club chilling pleasure. Thankfully there's a bit more variety on offer than your standard-issue 'Ibiza chill-out' comp, with tracks ranging from the epic, mournful southern soul of MCurtis's opener 'Kiboo' (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne Bluebird) to the lazy, jazz-inspired deep house of Kiano & Below Bangkok's 'Now', via the sundown bliss of North Coast Vibes' 'Soul Time', the Blaxploitation funk of Vito Lalinga's 'Bitter Taste', the drifty Balearic prog of Jay Papa's 'A Touch Of You' and more. Dive in!
KRK 112
04 Jan 19
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Minimal Trippin'
Back Age Techno - (6:43) 128 BPM
Techno Freak (KickME mix) - (7:16) 132 BPM
Horne Bits - (8:42) 125 BPM
Techno Freak - (6:59) 132 BPM
Can't Do That - (7:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: After digging through his old backup files, Mister Timewarp (aka Angelos Timewarp Stoumpos) managed to recover these unreleased gems he made back in 1995 - 1998, and he now presents a new volume with another five deep/dirty techno grooves on Minimal Trippin. They finally see the light of day more than 20 years later. Highlights on this extended EP include the old school rave energy of "Back Age Techno", the adrenalised trance energy of "Techno Freak" (KickME mix) or the darkened warehouse stomp of "Techno Freak" that is perfect for those heads down moments on the dancefloor.
KRK 111
07 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Deep Diggin Grooves Part III
Tea (Part I) - (5:44) 127 BPM
Tea (Part II) - (5:42) 127 BPM
Tea (Dynamo mix - Part III) - (7:39) 127 BPM
008 - (9:11) 134 BPM
Hypertouch I - (8:09) 130 BPM
Hypertouch II - (8:25) 130 BPM
Green Tea - (7:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Moo - (5:52) 127 BPM
Review: Like its two predecessors, this third volume in Angelo "Timewarp" Stoumpos's "Deep Diggin Grooves" series gathers together more unheard cuts produced by the Greek party-starter during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It's an action-packed eight-tracker, with Stoumpos flitting between breakbeat-driven tooled-up deep house ("Tea" parts one and two), psychedelic breakbeat-house ("Tea - Dynamo Mix"), spacey, techno-tempo tech-house ("008"), Italo and freestyle influenced main room house ("Hypertouch" one and two) and particularly potent San Francisco style dub house ("Green Tea"). It's all pretty good, to be honest, with all eight archive tracks sounding fresh despite their relative vintage.
KRK 110
09 Nov 18
Deep House
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Deep Diggin Grooves Part II
Where Da Funk - (10:00) 120 BPM
Deep At The Hole - (9:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Experimental - (8:12) 124 BPM
4Fun - (8:16) 120 BPM
Free House - (9:09) 130 BPM
Xamos O - (9:37) 125 BPM
Review: Kraak Records offers up a second selection of "Deep Diggin Grooves" by Timewarp, AKA long-serving Greek producer Angelos Stoumpos. Like its predecessor, the eight-track set is entirely made up of previously unheard cuts produced by the multi-talented DJ and musician during the late 1990s and early 2000s. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the funk-fuelled acid bass and shimmering early UK tech house chords of opener "Where Da Funk", and the mind-altering dancefloor psychedelia of rolling deep house number "Deep At The Hole", to the snappy drum machine hits and Motor City techno influences of "4Fun". The drowsy, slowly shifting late night bliss of "Xamos O" is also worth a listen.
KRK 109
05 Oct 18
Deep House
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Kiboo (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne BlueBird) - (4:06) 95 BPM
Kuebiko (feat Wag) - (4:33) 94 BPM
God (feat The Mage) - (4:02) 80 BPM
Time (feat Stiko) - (3:28) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lust Graveyard (feat Amira Lacrima) - (3:08) 95 BPM
Elysium (feat Chop Juggler) - (3:05) 80 BPM
Kiboo (feat Hugo Kant - instrumental) - (4:06) 95 BPM
A Tale (feat Funky Notes) - (3:44) 95 BPM
Dark Matters - (1:33) 97 BPM
Opia - (3:40) 80 BPM
KRK 108
22 Sep 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Deep Diggin Grooves
Warm Before Get Cold - (6:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Feel It - (8:35) 120 BPM
Tribal - (7:34) 122 BPM
Where My House Is - (8:53) 125 BPM
Something New For U - (9:50) 130 BPM
My House Is This - (6:16) 120 BPM
Played by: DJ Lukas
Review: Athens based Kraak Records present Angelos Stoumpos aka Timewarp: a veteran producer who has been super busy producing music since the late '80s. His first releases took place a decade later in 1999. He has been experimenting with various forms of electronic music - from techno and house, to ambient, trance and drum and bass. After finding old tracks on his computer, he managed to recover these unreleased gems he made back in the day. Most of these tracks a definitely a zeitgeist of the period, when electronica and breaks were the trend - and of course UK tech house. It's the latter where he really excelled - as best heard on the dynamic opener "Warm Before Get Cold" or the fluid and hypnotic "Something New For U", while "My House Is This" goes for a deep and minimal vibe instead.
KRK 107
24 Aug 18
Deep House
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Black Spirit Planet
I'll Be Good To You Baby - (5:18) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project) & Angelo Dattuomo - "Cotton Bricks" - (6:26) 100 BPM
Bitter Taste - (5:42) 101 BPM
Chill Speech - (5:12) 120 BPM
Afroinvasion - (6:00) 118 BPM
Ghetto Space - (7:14) 124 BPM
I Got It - (6:17) 118 BPM
Review: This year Vito Lalinga has been somewhat prolific, releasing a string of solid EPs on Timewarp and Sound Exhibitions. This time round, he pops up on Greece's Kraak label for the very first time. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the slap bass propelled nu-funk-meets-jazz-funk sunshine of "I'll Be Good To You Baby" and solo-laden Bob James tribute "Bitter Taste", to the rich, mid-tempo nu-disco bounce of "Chill Speech" and constantly rising Afro-disco/nu-funk fusion of heavy-hitting workout "Afroinvasion". Elsewhere, "Ghetto Space" is a deliciously positive, piano-sporting disco-funk roller underpinned by rolling house drums, and "I Got To" is a Clavinet-sporting peak-time workout rich in lapsed hip-hop vocals and jammed-out solos.
KRK 106
10 Aug 18
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Dream In Base
Dream In Base - (8:27) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dub Inferno - (7:42) 160 BPM
Baba Break - (8:06) 160 BPM
Timewarp & Intersperse - "Empty Box" - (10:33) 170 BPM
KRK 105
27 Jul 18
Drum & Bass / Jungle
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