JALAPENO FUNK VOL. 5

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Jalapeno Records‘ funk journey rolls on with their latest compilation, Jalapeno Funk Vol. 5, 18 tracks of modern funk. The annual retrospective digs through the vaults and offers a basket full of spicy new flavours. Exclusive tracks and remixes from Valique, Cadien, Quasamodo, Skaggs & Drummond, Basement Freaks and Kraak & Smaak sit alongside tracks from Featurecast, Smoove & turrell, Skeewiff, Dr Rubberfunk and a whole host of Jalapeno stalwarts. Below are a few choice cuts, starting with a free download from KRAAK & SMAAK.

For the full comp and a super deluxe mix visit the Jalapeno SoundCloud page.

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JALAPENO HOUSE VOLUME 3

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Jalapeno Records has never been tied to any genre. Looking at their past releases you’re as likely to find drum & bass as deep house, lounge tracks as mid-tempo bass. Their catalogue though, is linked by one simple fact. Jalapeno’s mission one might say, is to deliver the funk. The fine folks at Jalapeno have a new compilation showcasing this fact, however their latest explores a housier side of their releases. For this, and the quality the compilation contains, we salute them.

Below are a few choice cuts, followed by a stellar mix. We’ll start with the standout cut but after that, anything goes. It’s all good. Skip the previews even and head straight to beatport for the exclusive.

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KRAAK AND SMAAK – CHROME WAVES [+ FREE DOWNLOADS]

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Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug, better known as KRAAK AND SMAAK, released Chrome Waves (yesterday) on October 28. The long player delves into funk, disco, and house. Let’s step away from that for a bit — because when writing about music, especially with the varied and wildly diverse world of dj culture, it’s easy to get caught up in a genre trap.

This record, released on Jalapeno Records is the fourth from the Dutch trio and shows the band’s (yes, it’s fair and accurate to call this collective a band) roots in funk but it also highlights their growth as producers. With Chrome Waves, they don’t rely on past tools and formulas — that alone has to be one of the biggest elements of talent and progression for any musician. Don’t get me wrong, there are some throwbacks to some of their earlier releases but these 11 tracks launch Kraak and Smaak into the future. Sonically, the album is a masterpiece. The bass notes compliment every snare, high hat, key stab, bleep and bloop perfectly; each layer balanced precisely for both dancefloor and auditory excursion like no other.

Feel free to stream the tracks below or just head over to beatport or iTunes and grab the whole album.

…and now for the free downloads

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KRAAK & SMAAK – JUST WANNA BE LOVED (K&S DISCO EDIT) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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Dutch production trio KRAAK & SMAAK are about the release their new album, Chrome Waves on October 28 on Jalapeno Records. The trio’s first single “The Future Is Yours” made waves and landed them a Mixmag tune of the month. Their second single “Good For The City” looks likely to repeat the same success.

To celebrate the release of their new album and single, the trio are giving away their own remix of another album track “Just Wanna Be Loved.” The tune features sultry vocals from New York house mistress Joi Cardwell. Kraak & Smaak take the original’s pop sensibilities for a ride into a glittering disco paradise where Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder frolic in the reflections of a mirror ball.

Kraak & Smaak launched the album with a live show at Melkweg Amsterdam as part of ADE on October 16.

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JALAPENO BASS

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Bass. It’s the linchpin of everything that’s funky on today’s dancefloor. Over the years, JALAPENO RECORDS has heard its fair share of basslines and feels that it’s time to pay homage to the sometimes underappreciated stalwart of dance music. Jalapeno Bass brings a heavyweight selection of tracks released on the label, plus a few exclusives, from the likes of Featurecast, Redlight, Kraak & Smaak, RackNRuin, Dr Meaker and Futurizm to name a few.

We’ll start with this free download of FEATURECAST‘s remix of KRAAK & SMAAK‘s “Squeeze Me.” Full disclaimer here: this one’s a stomper and the proof couldn’t come more naturally. Three weeks ago, minutes after Featurecast posted this to his SoundCloud page I opened the SoundCloud app on my phone and this was the first tune in my feed. My four year old son went mental, immediately started dancing with moves that compelled him to jump off of the back of the coutch. He still asks me to play this tune almost daily and I always happily answer his request with, “YES!”

You can hear the Jalapeno homage to bass in this stellar mix (below), running through tracks and tempos like kids through sprinklers. You can find a few other choice tunes (in order as they appear on the compilation) after the jump.

Mid-tempo bass at its finest, TONIC always brings game.

Mighty fine dub from TAPE LOOPS and PARKER.

Future bass from FUTURIZM.

For anyone enjoying the garage revival, this EP has to be checked out. This tune is an absolute bomb, but I’m especially digging the Markus Jakes Remix!

This remix by HEAVYFEET came out nearly a year ago, it’s still in high rotation in the Manalogue HQ.

All kinds of yes on this NEON STEVE remix of THE BEEKEEPERS.

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KRAAK & SMAAK – THE FUTURE IS YOURS REMIXES [+ FREE DL]

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The Dutch duo, KRAAK & SMAAK have had tremendous success releasing material ranging from soulful to funky to techy. The pair are set to release a follow-up to The Future is Yours, as a stellar package of (more) remixes. First we’ll start with this future bass courtesy of JALAPENO RECORDS.

Next up, Adriatique goes deep in what is probably my favourite mix from the release.

…and for good measure, he drops the tempo on this alternate rework, also available for free download.

Detroit Swindle dials in the house vibes on this mix.

It wouldn’t be right not to post the original too. So good!

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SKAGGS – FINISH LINE

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Here’s a tune from LA-based SKAGGS destined to become a dancefloor favourite. His debut on Jalapeno Records is a cream-filled disco number. The low end on the track is sweet enough to give a sugar junky the shakes. Mind you, it should sound familar – it’s borrowed from Jalapeno’s stalwarts, KRAAK & SMAAK. Watch for the single – it drops April 15.

Just in case you weren’t watching…The tune below by the way, is one of my all-time favourites.

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