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 damn good, 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.
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