Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak bring their electronic project to the official SXSW showcase at The Iron Bear. The modest crowd is the perfect audience for the dance party that ensues. The blend of live drums and keys build lively tunes that elevate the mood to a whole new level. It’s electrifying in all the right ways.
K&S know how to deliver, and this audience is perfect for it. The otherwise bewildered crowd instantly awakens and begins to bop to the music. Even the bartenders partake in the dance party fun.
Bringing their music into a live setting adds even more appeal to their latest album Chrome Waves. Their mix of DJ equipment and real instruments certainly would translate better in a larger outdoor venue, but the intimate crowd is ultimately receptive and appreciative of the experience. Adding a female element to the performance brings a new edge that is a refreshing exposition of their versatility.
These Netherlands natives know how to make an unforgettable beat. Their policy of creating new albums almost annually goes to show that they’re nowhere near stopping. With some of their singles soaring through the big player blog charts, it’s no wonder that SXSW would want to provide the opportunity to share their music with the world.