Take a trip back to fairly recent nostalgia with this selection of deeper cuts from Kaskade.
[Throwbacks:] Early 2010s Kaskade
Electronic music legend Kaskade has come a long way from his first releases. The [city] native began spinning soft house, trancey and even lounge cuts like “It’s You, It’s Me” when he stepped onto the scene. At the time, he was one of few homegrown American house acts and his music steadily became more well known. His monumental remix of David Morales “Here I Am” was featured in The Devil Wears Prada.
Since those days, Kaskade has branched out into many different genres and tends to produce more energetic music. Here’s a look at some of his more iconic deep cuts that brought him to where he stands currently.
Let Me Go (feat. Marcus Bentley)
Ice (feat. Dan Black)
Turn It Down (w/Rebecca & Fiona)
Llove (feat. Haley)
More fire from the time period:
Never Say Never (Alex Gaudino Remix) [feat. Jacqueline Govaert] – Armin Van Buuren
Spaceship (Fedde Le Grande Remix) [feat. Kelis] – Benny Benassi
Swedish duo Galantis, delivers a fun, light-hearted affair with “Emoji.”
[Dance House:] Emoji – Galantis
Swedish EDM duo Galantis’ newest song “Emoji” is a very welcome affair to the EDM world. Beginning with very soft, yet sultry vocals reminiscent of ones oft used by fellow House DJ, Kaskade, the beat picks up into energetic, fun, light-hearted sound. A nice change of pace from the high energy drops so often the go to’s at modern EDM shows and festivals.
Oooohhhh weeee / Send me an emoji, lemme know how you feel croons the female vocalist. Accentuated by light piano chords and a light rhythm, the song certainly makes a perfect “wind-down” number for house DJs.
The music video, directed by Dano Cerny is a cute visualization of a member of the duo spending time alone at his house with an emoji/heart. The ending is really sweet and the video goes well with a fun little tune like this one.
Learn more about Galantis on their Facebook, and hear more music from them on Spotify.
Kaskade’s “Tight” featuring Madge blends elements of dance house, tech house and the soft, sultry vocals Kaskade is known for.
[Dance/House:] Tight (feat. Madge) – Kaskade
In the club all night, see the end of the light
And you’re gonna do it right, if you keep it real
Keep it tight
American DJ legend and House producer Kaskade has had a very good year. Doing plenty of tours and appearing at festivals all across the nation, the past few years have definitely been Kaskade’s best for him.
“Tight” featuring songstress Madge conveys the efforts and progress Kaskade has made as an artist. The dance-house tune, with tech-house influences, is reminiscent of old-school Kaskade with soft, sultry vocals but the “drop” and bouncy sounds of this track are definitely “new-school” Kaskade.
At this point, whether an artist is good or validated when they return to, reference or completely abandon their original sound is a debate old as time. Some artists are lauded for never changing, some become bigger than they ever could’ve been before in changing up their sound, and yet others try to straddle a fine line between these two spectrums.
Check out the music video for Kaskade’s “Tight” above, directed by Will Kindrick and produced by Utah-born, but now in L.A. band “Sego.”
Two hot EDM bangers from the likes of CiD, Kaskade and marshmello are here.
[Dance & Deep House]
Sweet Memories – CiD & Kaskade
Your sweet, memories
the one we danced to, all night long…
CiD & Kaskade’s insta-classic “Sweet Memories” has a very badass extended version (like many of CiD’s songs). Powerful wobbling basslines and funky groovy vocal samples make for a very floor-heavy dance tune. The song is very powerful even with it’s minimalistic take on “vocal house” and is sure to be a favorite among house lovers (also check out the duo’s other hot collab “Us” from Kaskade’s Automatic)
[Electronic Trap] Freal Luv (feat. Tinashe & Chanyeol of EXE) – Far East Movement x Marshmello
Hustle to win, we be livin’ in sin,
makin’ us two of a kind
새로운 길, babe we got temples to build,
ain’t no haters can step to our grind
Hip-hop and electronic group Far East Movement has teamed up with rising-star Trap producer, Marshmello, in the hard-hitting trap banger “Freal Luv.” Bringing R&B songstress Tinashe into the mix and Korean Pop singer Chanyeol, livens the song up even more while heightening it’s diverse sound. On the surface it may begin like your typical trap with female vocals but Tinashe manages to bring some very moving energy to the chorus. Far East Movement has largely been off the mainstream radar for some time, and though this is not the first time they’ve “teamed up” with an EDM producer (All You feat. Waka Flocka heavily sampled Kaskade’s “All You) this cut feels much more authentic. In “All You” the beat was simply sampled from it’s original recording, while this was produced just for the song.
The result is Marshmello‘s signature slamming and slapping snares, heavy bass rolls and triumphant bells keeping the mood light, but intense.
For those in the Atlanta area, marshmello will be performing at The Gold Room in Buckhead, Atlanta on November 23rd. Pre-sale tickets are already sold out.
We’ve got two smash singles for you to check out today. New festival EDM from Kaskade and Jersey House from Mvntana.
Festival Style Dance / Future Big Room Kaskade & CID – Us
“Us” Official Music Video
We are the start of something new
And they don’t need to know about you,
’bout me, ’bout us,
‘Bout you, ’bout me, ’bout us
Just in time for the warmer weather, perfect for Spring and Summer EDM fests, one of my favorite house producers, Kaskade, has released a music video for his single “Us” made in collaboration with CID. The music video follows a family in the Philippines throughout their day, taking an observational look at universal, albeit basic human interactions and emotions.
The song definitely channels massive energy with its minimalistic build-up into a bass-blasting ride through heavy synth waves and chords. “Us” is sure to be a club and festival favorite and it is great to see Kaskade still coming out with material all-the-while changing up his musical styles, and doing so successfully. This song will hopefully be one of many future Big-Room hits to come.
Dancehall / Jersey House Ayo Jay feat. Fetty Wap – Your Number (Mvtana & Lil E Remix)
Melvitto on the beat
Just wanna tell you a story ’bout dis girl wey I just meet
She looking fly, yeah she lookin’neat
Ya boy looking like money, right from my head down to my feet but,
She dey smile at mi,
I dun really know what it mean…
This song has been in heavy rotation the past week or so on all my music-enabled devices. Producer Mvntana‘s massive remix of Ayo Jay’s “Your Number.” Transforming the floor-filling dancehall number, featuring Fetty Wap, the remix combines the original’s dancehall and reggae vibes and melds it with bass-bumping Jersey House.
The result is an insanely catchy high-energy dance track doing the hot 2013 single justice, well worth checking out. You can listen to the original and watch its music video below the remix above. Learn more about the artists below:
Check out two strong progressive house tracks from superstar DJ and producer, Kaskade.
Start Again – Kaskade feat. Becky Jean Williams
Kaskade’s iconic Dynasty album helped propel him into the forefront as EDM music was coming up around 2008. With soothing vocals, calming guitar chords and brain-melting synths, “Start Again” is just one of many songs showcasing the musical depth and variety that Kaskade is well-known for. Dynasty was probably one of Kaskade’s last albums of the ’00s-’10s that had a very strong progressive house focus (Fire & Ice had a more dance-pop, dance-house feel; Dynasty seemed very trance-influenced).
Just listen to another signature track from the album, “Human Reactor” featuring Polina, which features a heavy progressive electronic/house vibe over entrancing and uplifting vocals melding seamlessly with rising synth arpeggios.
Human Reactor – Kaskade feat. Polina
And I’ve woken up to sobriety
Just another day you’re not with me
Wish I could escape reality
And drown in the beats I’m so lost in
Morgan Page’s latest dance-house EP, DC to Light, is a testament to dance-house’s core values and stays true to Page’s roots.
The Skinny: An album with quite a few possible dance-house anthems that stays true to Morgan Page’s style and foundations. With just enough variety to be fresh, yet familiar enough to be expected, in a positive way. “DC to Light” stays true to its roots in dance music, without breaching into unknown territories or trying to become something it’s not.
Morgan Page’s latest dance album EP: DC to Light
EDM DJ and producer, Morgan Page, releases his album “DC to Light” featuring numerous guest appearances, including tracks with Angela McCluskey and frequent-collaborator Lissie, whom he collaborated with for 2008’s GRAMMY-nominated “The Longest Road.” He also teams up with popular female EDM vocalists, Polina and Meiko. In fact, one of the standout more dance-sounding tracks is Page and Meiko’s “Think of You.” The clubbish, dance-house head-nodder “The One I Love,” with vocalist Polina is another great track that combines elements of “so chill it mellows you out” and “get up off your ass and dance!” Particularly if “dance-house” is your cup of tea. If you’re more the type into bass heavy, dubstep-womping snares and trappy rhythms, you’ll be disappointed here.
The more “pop-dance” track of the album, “Open Heart” is your standard dance-pop fare, a la Zedd, David Guetta or the like, but the pop-ballad, country-music channeling even, acoustic version, is much more charming and subsequently, a little less basic.
“Safe Till Tomorrow [Acoustic Mix]” featuring Angelika Vee is probably one of the best tracks on the album. With just the right amount of dance-housey keyboard synths which bubble and resonate with house rhythm structures reminiscent of Kaskade. The addictively pleasing vocals of Vee make it a soon-to-be club banger.
“Save You” featuring David Jackson also continues the dance piano archepeggios and pop-rock “Wake Me Up”-like vocals necessary in making a “house-banger.” While still damngood, the “playing it safe” song structure surely are used to guarantee suitability for the blasé-blasé nightclubs found in Everytown, USA where super-thirsty patrons with their Masters’ in “Flexing” frequent and top 100 pop/dance singles reign supreme.
You can stream the album from Spotify, buy it on Amazon and iTunes, and stream it through Apple Music.