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[Electronic] Moods – Comfortable feat. HIGH HØØPS

Comfortable Feat. HIGH HØØPS

Rotterdam producer Moods has returned with another sexy original. “Comfortable” comes to us through the Boogie Angst pipeline and features New Zealand’s own HIGH HØØPS on the vocals. Together these two put together a hell of a record.

“Comfortable” will make you feel just that, extremely comfortable. It’s a beautiful barrage of sensual tones and textures that melt away any emotional pain you may have. It’s essentially a musical pharmaceutical. From the riveting guitar riffs to the ethereal soundscapes to every single little detail from both producer and performer, “Comfortable” does it all right. Do yourself a solid and grab this one from digital stores.

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[Electronic] Meeka Kates – No (feat. Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez)

Meeka Kates
No (feat. Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez) | out now

All we have to say about Meeka Kates‘ single “No” is yes. Released on Boogie Angst, this collaboration with Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a smooth, dreamy delight that is beautiful from start to finish. The captivating sound will give you goosebumps.

“No” doesn’t really follow one single genre format. It’s based in electronic music, but it takes various influence from under the electronic umbrella, as well as elsewhere with Raina bringing her soulful vocal to the table. The indie-driven record is something fans can enjoy even if they’re not fans of electronic music. It’s a timeless tune that can’t be pinned down to one sound. The only thing that can be pinned on it is that it is phenomenal. “No” is currently available on digital platforms for those looking to add it to their library.

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[R&B/Soul] Moods – Truth Feat. Beau Nox

Truth Feat. Beau Nox

Let’s get sexy with “Truth.” The Moods single features Beau Nox and has been released by Boogie Angst. This soulful original will touch you to your core, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself purchasing the song from a digital platform.

“Truth” is the definition of a slow jam. Beau soars on this single with the performance of a lifetime while Moods gets as smooth as possible on the instrumental. No matter if you’re coming from the electronic world or R&B, this is a respectable record with songwriting that will melt your heart. You better get your feels ready for this one if you haven’t.

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L’ENFANT – Change [TMN Premiere + Q&A]


Live music is taking over the electronic world. One of the best labels pushing this crossover is Boogie Angst. One of their upcoming projects comes from L’ENFANT, whose EP fear of… is an absolutely stunning sonic experience. We can’t give you the full EP, but we can give you a first listen to the single “Change” as well as some insight into the project.

After listening through L’ENFANT’s EP, we decided to have a virtual chat with the brothers in the dojo. They dive into their EP, which is due out in a few weeks, as well as their live show, which is integral to their project as a whole. While reading through, enjoy the premiere of “Change.” The groovy, chill single will quickly have you on the edge of your seat and waiting for the full EP to drop. Don’t worry, it will be hear soon enough!

TMN: November sees you make with your debut EP for Boogie Angst. Talk us through the concept behind the EP and why you chose to return to the label for this one.

L: As we did before, we worked together with Studio Met/Zonder to create a concept that covers the music in combination with the artwork, titles etc. As we musically moved into another direction than we used to, we created a concept with Met/Zonder which fits our new sound and makes the EP one whole thing.

The title of this 7 track EP is: ’fear of…’ and is about daily fears every grown up has. Each track represents a single fear, and it all comes together with EP title and track title: Fear of change etc. These 7 different ‘fears’ each get it’s own artwork and video that will appear on social media, Youtube/Vimeo and live during our shows.

We gladly return to Boogie Angst with this EP! Besides of the other nice music they release, they provide great services such as studio time in Kraak & Smaak’s headquarters and lots of support for which we are very thankful!

TMN: Change marks the first single from the EP. What can you tell us about the inspiration behind the track and why you chose to lead with it?

L: After we finished working on our ‘Sit Back/Sell Your Soul’ EP, that got released early 2016 through Boogie Angst, we decided to approach this EP other than we did before. Since we both got completely different backgrounds, we decided to use that as a base.

Thomas graduated cum laude at the Conservatory as a jazz guitarist in 2015, and has been writing (mostly) jazz compositions before he started producing electronic music. Oscar is producing for several years now, and has been focusing on sound design in electronic music.

This combination is easily recognised in the ‘new’ sound, and Change marks the first track we made with this sound, and strongly influenced the rest of the EP. In addition to this new approach, we also started recording vocals with Suzanne Kipping, whom appears on 2 tracks.

TMN: As well as your studio output the project also involves a full seven piece live band. How was the live element of the project developed and do you feel the ‘live’ element is one that is missing elsewhere in music right now?

We started working on the live band around 2 years ago. Because the music then was more funk based, we had a completely different setup than we have nowadays. We kept shaping the live set for 2 years, and we’re really happy with it’s current state. Lately Suzanne Kipping (who also appears on Change) joined our live band, and now it consists of Guitar, Bass, Drums, 2x Vocals, Percussion and Synths / Effects.

The ‘live’ element is a really important thing to us, and sure is a thing that we miss a lot right now. Although more and more artists are making a move into creating a live set, which is great. For us, creating a live performance is as important as creating the music itself.
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Kraak & Smaak Talk Albums, Live Sets & Boogie Angst In The Dojo [TMN Interview]

The Netherlands is a hub for talent, especially if you were focusing on electronic music. Most people will immediately think of Hardwell, Afrojack, and Martin Garrix, but there are three men who have been trailblazing dance music in a big way for over 10 years now. They are Kraak & Smaak.

Kraak & Smaak is comprised of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug. Together they produce riveting dance music that is anything but average. In fact, even if you don’t call yourself a lover of electronic music, leave it to these guys to take your heart. They are more than dance music producers. They are artistic visionaries. Don’t believe us? Run through the five albums they have done together, including their latest, Juicy Fruit, and tell us otherwise.

Furthermore, they’ve got a live show that will blow any DJ set out of the water (even their own), and they run the exemplary imprint Boogie Angst. A lot of artists talk about paving new trails and creating new experiences, but Kraak & Smaak walk the walk. They’ve done it for years. Now, they’ve entered the dojo to talk a bit about their past together, as well as their latest album and what is in store.

TMN: Can you tell us a little about “Juicy Fruit,” your latest album?

Well, it’s our 5th and feels like a bit of a return from 2005’s Boogie Angst. It’s open, organic, warm and above all funky in the traditional sense of the word, so in that sense different from Chrome Waves, which was far more electronic and clubby. There is a big difference though between then and now: on our first album it was mostly sample based, including the vocals and songs that were on there. Since then we have mastered the art of using more and more live instrumentation and getting vocalists to work with us. I think we can be proud of ourselves again to have found such great songwriters and vocalists such as Eric Biddines, Cleopold, Meeka Kates, Mayer Hawthorne, ALXNDR London and Parcels, but also our own live band singers Ivar Vermeulen and Berenice van Leer.

TMN: How did you go about choosing remixers for next the single ‘Alone With You’?

We always start out with a longlist of ideas based on current favorites and a bunch of names that have been circulating for a longer time. From thereon we look if certain remixers could be a good match and pick out the best ones. Then we ask them and just hope a) they don’t hate our music b) they are available and c) they don’t cost too much 🙂

TMN: What inspired the artwork behind the LP?

With the album title Juicy Fruit became definitive, our first ideas were inspired by the paintings of Henry Rousseau and more in general Brazilian album artwork. I mean, with that title and the music it was only logical to have something colorful, fresh, organic, etc as the cover. Again we asked Jimmy Turrell, who also did the Electric Hustle album artwork, to come up with a few ideas. And among those, the final one immediately stood out: this big explosion of colorful objects, bulls eye!

TMN: Talk us through the live aspect of Kraak & Smaak and how it has evolved over the years?

Of course we started out Djing – which we already did for a longer time, but now under the K&S banner. But when the first album was up for release our then agent convinced us to start a separate live act because it made the music – which was essentially dancefloor based – more interesting to a bigger public. So we assembled a live band for the album presentation and it was an immediate hit: at the time there were only a few bands that performed that type of music in a similar manner, and certainly not in the Netherlands. So from thereon it really got bigger and bigger and alongside our dj sets we were able to develop the band further in terms of adding further live instrumentation, sound, lighting, etc. Our current band is more or less the third live incarnation of K&S but for us also the best ever. Above all it’s cool and logical for us to be able to both live shows and dj sets. It’s a best of both worlds but at the same time they are both quality.

TMN: You’ve been together for over a decade, how have you made it work between the three of you, and how have you maintained staying relevant?

I guess – especially with three people – it’s all about giving each other space and trust each other in ideas, expertise, etc. Ego for example has never been such an issue that it threatened the K&S project. I guess we were – and still are – very aware of what we have and are still accomplishing. Not many dance acts can say the same. And I think the relevancy is still there in the sense that we are still coming up with new and original material, against the grain of time perhaps.

You’ve survived several albums together, which is each of your favorite?

Oh dear… They’re all really good to us, just different! But If we all really look in the mirror I am sure we will all say the first one, Boogie Angst. Above all because it was our first, and with first albums it feels like it’s sort of the apex of everything you have done and thought of before. It’s the album you just had to make. After that it’s a whole different ball game – you just feel happy if you can develop your sound further and keep people interested – which I think we did.

TMN: You now also have your own label, Boogie Angst. What drove the decision to set this up and what has been the biggest challenge in creating a label?

We just came across some very good unreleased music and artists once in a while, and we thought: why not try and releasing it ourselves? It perfectly made sense when you came to think of it. And it’s definitely nice to put your own experiences and know how into new and young artists, real cool. Plus there is definitely still a need for labels to get new artists and music through. For most releases putting it just on Soundcloud and sit back is not enough. An important challenge for the time being though, is that it takes a lot of investing before you get a return. In that sense, as we are a relatively new label, we still have a long way to go.

TMN: What can fans expect for the rest of the year, and beginning of 2017?

Of course we will be rolling out the new album and its singles further this year and into 2017. Lots of DJing and playing live across the globe. Some upcoming remixes and DJ mixes going online. Also keep an eye out for new releases on our own Boogie Angst label and a remix album further down the 2017 road!

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[Electronic] Meeka Kates – Wildfire

Meeka Kates

The European imprint Boogie Angst is back with another amazing release, this time from Meeka Kates. The Netherland’s creator brings his single “Wildfire” to the table, and you better believe it’s a hot one.

Meeka Kates fits with Boogie Angst perfectly, as each party shares the same love of cool, laidback electronic music. With “Wildfire” we get a fun house record that takes from both pop and R&B. This single is not just a simple song either, as it signifies the coming of a debut EP from Meeka, which will be entitled just as this song is, Wildfire. Although this is the only song on his Soundcloud, the full EP is available for purchase currently. On that EP, you will find two other originals, as well as a remix. “Wildfire” as a single should get you interested, as this one is catchy as can be. If you’re not singing it by the end of the week, you’re just not having a good week. This is as good as it gets!

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[Electronic] Moods. – A Beautiful Mind EP

Nick Moods, aka Moods., of Rotterdam just caught our attention in a big way with his A Beautiful Mind EP. The four track project is as dynamic as it is, well, beautiful. Once your ears are privy to the delights of this EP, you’ll know just why Boogie Angst got their hands on this release.

The truth is, this isn’t Moods. and Boogie Angst’s first rodeo together. They’ve previously partnered on projects, but there’s something special about A Beautiful Mind. Each single is a journey within itself that you want to relive over and over. The problem is, you want all of them, but can only choose one at a time. The title track starts off with its light-hearted allure that sets the stage for the other singles. “How I Feel” featuring Sam Wills is the chillest tune on the project, with a soulful jazzy sensibility that will grab the attention of individuals who don’t even call themselves fans of electronic music. Thirdly, we come across “Evolve,” a groovy laid-back hit that keeps the tone that the previous record had. However, once we reach the closing single, the mood shifts to a more up-beat one with “The Hero.” It’s hard to pick a favorite; we’re still going back and forth between them all. Time for you to give it a go and join the conversation around Moods. majestic EP, which you can purchase today.

’A Beautiful Mind’
’How I Feel (feat. Sam Wills)’
’The Hero’
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