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Fire & Ice

Kaskade

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American DJ and producer Kaskade isn't afraid to experiment with his musical productions, as his album Fire & Ice eloquently proves. Kaskade's sound molds to fit the musical strengths of his featured artists. His sweet spot is creating uplifting, synth-heavy progressive house tracks like "Eyes," "Turn It Down," and "Llove." The mesmerizing vocals of Haley and Mindy Gledhill are as much associated with Kaskade's production as the melodies themselves. Yet Kaskade proves his versatility with the rock-inspired "Lessons in Love" and the dubstep-infused "Lick It," featuring Skrillex. Not one to be confined to synth-laden, energetic house songs, Kaskade also includes minimalist "ICE Mix" productions for every track on the album. In the second half, Kaskade replaces computerized electronic elements with string sections and piano chords, showcasing his composition skills. The beauty of these productions is especially apparent on "Room for Happiness," featuring Skylar Grey's haunting lyrics and vocals.

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One of the most recognizable artists of the past decade.

In the teaser video for Fire & Ice, Kaskade says the album “represents the last ten years of [his] career.” It’s been a wild ride for the producer and DJ, going from quietly releasing deep-house grooves like “It’s You, It’s Me” to dropping “Raining” in front of packed stadiums filled with devoted fans during this summer’s Identity Festival Tour. As Kaskade’s career has grown, so too have his musical horizons, and Fire & Ice (his seventh full album) is a testament to his incredible evolution as an artist and DJ.

Each song appears twice — once with a more uptempo, fuller “Fire” mix, contrasted by a stripped-down “Ice” version. The dual disc offering serves as an homage to his deep-house roots and more laid-back production tendencies with side project Late Night Alumni, but simultaneously acknowledge his evolution into a super-producer and influencer. Collaborations with Dada Life and Skrillex show how attuned Kaskade is to the dance music being played alongside his; Skrillex’s wobbly dubstep flourishes lend a surprising edge to “Lick It,” but also feel right at home alongside electro-tinged tracks like “Lessons in Love.”

What’s perhaps most remarkable about Fire & Ice is the way it affects the listener. Haley’s stunning vocals on “Llove,” for example, become even more arresting when laid over the Ice mix’s simple hand-clap beat, challenging and inviting listeners to deconstruct exactly what makes Kaskade’s songs work as well as they do. The album also questions music’s many genre distinctions by combining his signature sexy vocals and piano strains with both hard baselines and simple strings. Kaskade’s Ice mix of “Room for Happiness,” with Skylar Grey’s gorgeous vocals, sounds more like a single off Adele’s 21 than a remix of a dance track.

Some fans of Kaskade’s recent albums, in which party-ready tracks like “Dynasty” reigned, may be confused by his foray into lower BPMs. However, when considered as Fire/Ice pairs, the album affords the amazing opportunity to get inside Kaskade’s mind as a producer and artist. And that’s an opportunity too good to pass up.

AMAZING!!

according to iTunes its already the 25th and we can buy this cd! so what are you waiting for!? BUY IT NOW!!!
you wont regret it!! such an amazing album of 2011!!!

ehh

His older stuff was better.

Biography

Born: February 25, 1971 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though he was born in Chicago, the DJ, A&R director, record store owner, and producer known as Kaskade found his spiritual and musical home in San Francisco by way of Salt Lake City and New York. One of the hardest-working people in the San Francisco house scene, he's Kaskade the house music producer/DJ by night; by day he's Ryan Raddon, A&R director for OM Records....
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