Kraak & Smaak- Chrome Waves [Album Review + Stream]

Kraak & Smaak: Chrome Waves [Album Review + Stream]

Words by Jacqui Wonder.     

Chrome Waves is dripping with funk yet still sounds thoroughly 2013, a result of the range of modern vocals and restraint exercised in much of the synth and key lines. Kraak & Smaak show no signs of slowing down, with this as their sixth album and yet again a highly polished, diverse and most importantly a fun as hell roundup of tracks.

Straight away cranking up ‘The Future Is Yours’ I forgot to write about the track and just ended up boogie-ing around my lounge room. There’s nothing particularly shiny and new about this track and yet it’s taken off, hitting #1 throughout Europe; it must come down to that infectious groove combined with velvety vocals that make you feel like it’s Saturday night even on a Monday morning.

‘F.A.M.E.’ is quietly addictive, on par with Solange‘s ‘Losing You’ but unpredictable with different backing vocals, melodies and yaps of FAME looping in and out throughout the track. ‘How We Gonna Stop the Time’ gives you instant goosebumps, it’s a perfectly measured mix of danceable beats, restrained synth and keys and whisper soft vocals from guest vocalist Stee Downes.

Stee Downes is one of eight vocalists that the Dutch trio worked with on the album, ranging from Sam Duckworth‘s funky vibes to Capitol A showing plenty of attitude on ‘Upper Hand’, to Janne Schra just giving me all lots of feels on ‘Love Inflation’.

‘Your Body’, ‘Where You Been’ and ‘Don’t Let People are an insight into the experimental and playful nature of the trio; FYI – experimental still means upbeat, quirky and original. My verdict: put some drinks on ice and hit play on Chrome Waves for an upcoming Sunday Session, I can’t promise a fun time Monday morning, but until then…

Rating: ★★★

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