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Hot Remix Alert: Aretha Franklin (Kraak & Smaak Club & Dub Remixes)

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Hot Remix Alert: Aretha Franklin (Kraak & Smaak Club & Dub Remixes)


I LOVE it when I hear a hot remix of an old classic. Case in point, these FABULOUS remixes from Kraak & Smaak (a Dutch trio of producers) of "Think" by the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin. AMAZING!

Hailing from Leiden in The Netherlands, Kraak & Smaak (Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug) released their debut album, Boogie Angst, in the UK in 2005/2006 after receiving support from radio big wigs including Annie Nightingale and Pete Tong. The trio spent much of 2006 and 2007 touring, playing a variety of gigs and festivals including Pinkpop, Sziget, SXSW, Miami's Winter Music Conference, Bonnaroo, Coachella, the Australian Good Vibrations Festival as well as a small club tour in America.

Following a successful bout of appearances throughout the States, the boys of Kraak & Smaak were starting to make a name for themselves in America.  Boogie Angst was released in America in June of 2006, receiving prominent features on U.S. TV shows including Grey's Anatomy, Men In Trees and What About Brian?  In 2007, the boys released The Remix Sessions  featuring Kraak & Smaak rejiggerings of songs by Jamiroquai, Sarah Bettens, Kruder & Dorfmeister as well as a hot remix of "Man Of Constant Sorrows" from the award-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In 2008 the trio released their sophomore set, Plastic People, featuring the single "Squeeze Me" which included guest vocals by UK singer Ben Westbeech. Ultra Records released the album in America in September of 2008 following positive Internet buzz from Perez Hilton, among others.

Kraak & Smaak continued to tour and festival in 2008 and 2009, making their debut U.S. TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Between 2009 and 2011 de Jong, Kneppers and Plug toured, collaborated and remixed other artists and DJs before finally releasing their third album, Electric Hustle, in April of 2011. Their last single, the retro-pop-infused "Call Up To Heaven" featuring big voiced- singer Lex Empress (think Shirley Bassey vs. Amy Winehouse) was released the same day as the album's release - April 11th - and features remixes from Gramophonedzie, Smoove and Grandmono.


Check out these SUPER hot remixes of an Aretha Franklin classic and download Electric Hustle on UK iTunes HERE.

Aretha Franklin - Think (Kraak & Smaak remixes) by Outpost Music PR

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