Kaskade’s mashups have become a staple of his world-class sets. Every so often (on a Monday), Kaskade will release his masterful mashups for free to his fans. Yesterday was one of those days. For this week’s KMM, Kaskade has paired “Surrender,” a lesser-known Kaskade original off 2006′s The Calm, with Hard Rock Sofa and Swanky Tunes’ euphoric original “Apogee.” The mashup is simple but effective. The combination of these two tracks is uncannily natural. Kaskade has an unparalleled ear for harmony, and his mashups are direct evidence of this. Pick up “Surrender Apogee” for free from SoundCloud.
Acoustic version of dance music songs are currently all the rage. We’ve heard acoustic versions of Zedd’s “Spectrum” and “Clarity,” Above & Beyond’s “Sun and Moon,” Hardwell’s “Spaceman,” Swedish House Mafia’s “Dont You Worry Child,” and now Kaskade’s “4AM.” The American producer tweeted it out last night alongside the following statement, “Seems like more electronic artists are getting into the idea of doing acoustic versions of their songs. When I filmed this 4 years ago all it did was confuse people and the label just looked at me strangely when I delivered it.” We’re glad the world is finally embracing acoustic remakes especially because 4AM is one of our favorite tunes of all time. Check it out above and let us know in the comments section what other songs you’d like to hear acoustic versions of.Posted by
Like any native of New Jersey, much of my younger 20s were spent stumbling through the neon lit and awkwardly carpeted atriums of Atlantic City’s dated casinos. In terms of luxury and elegance there wasn’t much to look forward to along the Jersey coastline. Debauchery? yes, luxury? hell no. When news of Revel’s development began, our eyes once again looked towards the Jersey coast. Their mission was bold – make Atlantic City a destination for more than just geriatrics on slot machines. It’s aim was to bring all of the luxury and grandeur of Vegas’s preeminent hotels to the North East, giving the residents of New Jersey and New York a Vegas of their own. The second we set foot inside the world class establishment last summer for Avicii’s performance at Ovation Hall, there was no question — they had succeeded.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie — shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We’ve already covered 40 of the Biggest Artists of 2012 – hop past the break to see our picks for the final 10.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
When Swanky Tunes got their hands on Kaskade’s “Eyes” last year, the combined forces made for a monstrous sound — little did we know they would come together for an original production in 2012. The all American DJ and Russian trio have now linked up for “No One Knows Who We Are,” a colossal effort translatable across dance music with limitless potential. The anthemic build and vocal from Canadian singer Lights is the contribution we’ve come to expect from Kaskade, and his big room sound is quickly and masterfully juxtaposed when Swanky Tunes’ signature ground-and-pound electro takes hold. Tested and proven across the nation on his Freaks of Nature Tour, Kaskade has released his next gem, so head to Beatport for the purchase.
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Kaskade and Deadmau5′s ”Move for Me” is quite possibly Kaskade’s most recognizable vocal. Haley Gibby’s enchanting, yearning lyrics have seduced many a young rave attendee over the years. For this week’s Kaskade Mashup Monday, Kaskade pairs the magnetically alluring vocal with Swanky Tunes’ and Matisse & Sadko’s acidy, progressive house gem “The Legend.” In typical Kaskade fashion, the combination is clean and enticing. It’s hard to do wrong with a track as amazing and timeless as “Move for Me.” Grab the mashup for free from SoundCloud.
It’s only been three years since David Guetta found Will.I.Am and made his way into American mainstream music, and roughly a year since Pitbull and Flo Rida started to swindle dance tracks for themselves, but the apparent ‘pop crossover’ dates back even earlier. Back in 2007, Justin Timberlake released the critically acclaimed Future Sex/LoveSounds, an album entirely produced by the hottest pop producer of its time, Timbaland. One of the lead tracks, “LoveStoned,” was released separately, as an EP packaged with remixes from Tiesto, Kaskade, and Justice.
While they hadn’t yet began their take over of commercial music, these top-tier dance music producers had found the outlet early. Tiesto’s progressive trace adaptation contains the same captivating euro sound from Elements of Life, which was released the very same year. Kaskade’s rendition offers a sense of old school house, dance music before electro took over — deep, ambient, and sexy.
Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Tiesto Remix)
Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Kaskade Remix)
Slowly but surely, Kaskade’s Fire & Ice is receiving a complete remix treatment. First came Dada Life’s rendition of “Llove,” then Above & Beyond’s take on “Room For Happiness,” and this week, Headhunterz take on “Lessons In Love.” After heavy electro and trance versions of previous Kaskade tracks, Headhunterz pick up the pace on their turn, amplifying the juxtaposition of soft melodies and hard hitting drops of “Lessons In Love.” Head to Beatport for this week’s release from Ultra Records and stay tuned for more twists from Fire & Ice.
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With Kaskade back in his KMM swing, we can expect stellar mashups week in and week out. This time around, Mr. Freaks of Nature is dishing out two bootlegs — one downloadable, one streamable — both of which feature tunes from Tommy Trash. The first is Kaskade’s “Empty Streets” vocal upon Trash’s “Cascade,” which can be claimed from SoundCloud. The second, for our listening pleasures only, is Tommy’s “Reload” collaboration laced with the ever famous “Eyes.” Jump below the break and enjoy a Monday mashup on a Tuesday.