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.
The release hinges on a unique yet fitting premise. 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.” But enough of our teasing — see how it all comes together in our full review below.
Though both albums are unique and a pleasure to listen to, we have to give the award to Fire. With 6.5 wins to the Ice version’s 3.5, the Fire side ultimately beat out its lower-key counterpart. The songs are all worth a listen in Fire/Ice pairs, but each of the albums is incredibly cohesive as well. While Fire won out over Ice, Kaskade — and his fans — are the real winners here.
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