PREMIERE: NICOLAAS | Daydream feat. Millionyoung (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
“We had great fun getting immersed in remixing this. Millionyoung’s dreamy vocals alongside NICOLAAS’ chilled-out original soundtrack already sounded perfect, but we think we have accomplished getting our K&S touch across – a bit more organic with a laidback groove. Different but still paying homage to the original!” -Kraak & Smaak
The Netherlands trio Kraak & Smaak remix one of our favorite jams, NICOLAAS ‘Daydream’. The remix is packed with all the feels from beginning to end. The electronic disco vibes take you for a chill journey of sounds and melodies while still paying tribute to the original. The remix is definitely something we would love to hear on the dance-floor.
The original version of the trippy yet chill, electro-synth track came out in early September. NICOLAAS has been on a steady stream of original music releases this year. His brand new single, the dark disco house banger “Shot In the Dark” featuring vocals from Nick Allbrook (frontman for the band Pond; former member for Tame Impala), dropped Oct. 23 and was recently featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada playlist. Throughout this year, he’s also released the songs “XXO feat. Chela,” “No Stranger Thing feat. Lucy Mason” and “Real Escape.”
“‘Daydream’ is such a chilled-out track, I really wanted to partner with remixers who would up the energy so the song could live naturally in other environments. Kraak & Smaak are absolute legends and they knocked this remix out of the park and into the atmosphere!” –NICOLAAS
“We all deserve the kind of extravagant, out of reach adventures that NICOLAAS proposes to us throughout [‘Real Escape’].” –Magnetic Magazine
“[‘No Stranger Thing’] is the perfect blend of digital pop and vocal ache, the melodic appeal offset by some club-centric production.” – Clash Magazine
NICOLAAS marks a new beginning for Rob Bakker. As a revered rapper and producer in the world of hip-hop under the pseudonym Muneshine, his compositions dominated the underground Canadian scene, earning him multiple Juno Award nominations, a Much Music Video Award nomination, and a win of the prestigious SOCAN Songwriters Award. As Muneshine, he’s collaborated with a noteworthy list of artists including Tom Waits, Pete Rock, Sean Price, D-Sisive, DJ Spinna, and more. While critically fulfilled, Rob was exhausted musically and had creatively hit a wall. “Everything was mundane. The sounds I relied on went stale,” he explains. “My structures and content…nothing excited me. I needed something new and I needed to wrap it in a shiny new package. My greys needed some neon.” To do this, Rob turned up the BPMs and pulled from inspirations he’d never dreamed of accessing – genres he admired from a distance like disco, house and funk, as well artists such as Nile Rodgers, Blondie, Daft Punk and Toro Y Moi. He began creating like he’d never created before. “I abandoned the style of sampling and reworking someone else’s song and wrote my own melodies. The energy felt alive. I felt born again.” To complete the transformation, Rob decided to retire the pseudonym he was so well known for and identify by his middle name, NICOLAAS.
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