Kraak & Smaak - Electric Hustle
Kraak & Smaak’s third LP is packed with sunny electronic delights. These three Dutchmen are obviously au fait with the pop-dance album template. There’s the expected multitude of guest vocalists (including Lee Fields and Romanthony), while the range of styles embrace grooving, chilling and all stages in between. The feel-good electro-house of 'Let’s Go Back' is perhaps most representative, but they also successfully turn their hands to Beastie Boys-style nonsense rap ('Dynamite'), Mark Ronson-aping modern soul ('Call Up To Heaven') and smooth, 80s-influenced pop ('Hold Back Love'). Everything here is exceedingly well crafted to the extent that after a few listens, Electric Hustle does reveal itself as maybe a bit too slick. Still, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better new album for summer 2011, one that’ll sound as good accompanying a garden barbeque as blasting from a beach bar in Ibiza.