Last week’s RIPEcast is coming in late, but it’s well worth it. Local DJ and producer Motion Potion has mixed up an amazing tribute to Dutch funk masters Kraak & Smaak, who’ll be in town this weekend for Sunset Promotions’ Ocean Beach Summer Kickoff (along w/ Ana Sia and Pumpkin. More info and tickets here.
Here’s some words about the mix from Mo’Po himself:
“In 2004 I was a strictly rare groove / funk / hip hop Dj in San Francisco when a good friend named Vinnie Esparza at the legendary vinyl shop “Groove Merchant” put a 12-inch single in my hand that would change my life. “Money in the Bag” was the first “dance music” record I had ever heard to that point that righteously represented the FUNK in a club format. If this blew my mind, then the B-Side “C’Mon People” with its outrageous Oscar De Jon live clavinet solo, made my head explode. For the next 10 years I have done everything humanly possible to support, promote, share, and make money for the Dutch production team known worldwide as KRAAK & SMAAK. To me, after years of friendship and many great times, including a tour they took ME out on in Holland, they are Wim, Oscar and Mark, my good friends.
Kraak & Smaak may be the most under-appreciated production team in the modern dance music era. Try to find a group that has been more PROLIFIC (more than 100 tracks and remixes released in that time), ECLECTIC (music that ranges from tech house to soul) and EXQUISITE (every release sounds like it was recorded by Jerry Wexler in the 70’s). That K&S does not have as big a following in the States as they have in Europe is a travesty that I have done everything in my power, through SunsetSF, Silent Frisco and my many friends in the industry, to correct. But most importantly, their music has meant so much to me personally for so long. I listen to them all the time. I play their tracks all the time. Their version of dance floor disco has helped me to translate my love for rare groove into a dj and production style that modernized my own sound. To put it plainly, Kraak & Smaak may have saved my career.
So for all those reasons, and to promote this summer which will feature a new album release at a time when the world seems finally ready for disco (thank you Daft Punk), I spent about a month putting together the mix you now hear. If anything stood out during the process, it was the sheer quantity of quality in their catalog. The hardest part was deciding what to leave OUT of this mix.
While I’m at it, I want to thank Oscar, Wim and Mark, and their families, personally for being such supportive and good friends. To manager Jordi, former managers Marcel & Silvia, agents Robert and Wes, and labels Quango and Jalapeño, thank you for putting your precious time into these lovely humans. Also, I want to thank the Space Cowboys RIPEcast for helping us publicize this mix – you guys ARE San Francisco breakbeat.”
For promo use only. Promo release approved by Kraak & Smaak management 2014.
Mixed in May, 2014 by Motion Potion – www.motionpotion.com
Mastered by Megasonic – www.thetonechaser.com/megasonic-sound.html