It’s finally here! Kaskade’s hotly anticipated new compilation album has finally been released. Named dance.love, the title aptly expresses the feelings that are associated with the “Kaskade sound.” Known for his lyrical works and chill, uplifting beats, Kaskade has delivered exactly what you would expect in this compilation. Having listened to his recent releases such as Dynasty and his last compilation The Grand, I expected a lot from dance.love. So what’s the verdict? I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album. It had everything I’ve come to love about his sound – the beats were sexy, the lyrics were flowing, and the transitions were perfect. Let’s take a closer look.
To kick things off, I’d like to talk about a track that is already fairly well-known: Fire in Your New Shoes ft. Dragonette. Everyone has come to love the original, but this remix by Sultan & Ned Shepard takes the cake. The opening synth to this song coupled with Dragonette’s sexy vocals sets the tone for the rest of the track. What unfolds is over five minutes of stadium-filling bliss. This remix keeps all the heart from the original while adding a little extra umph. I have a feeling this one will be stuck on repeat out there for a while.
This next track comes directly after the last one. It looks like Dada Life has given Dynasty a remix. The verdict? It’s generally a pretty good song. Dada Life adds in their usual synth-y death drops and quirky samples. Although it differs greatly from the original song, it still retains the same awesomeness that Haley produces with her lyrics. The track is definitely made for a live show.
The last track I would like to talk about is actually not by Kaskade; however, it fits into this compilation perfectly. I’m talking about Adrian Lux’s Teenage Crime, remixed by Axwell & Hendrick B. This track is house at its finest. Everything is produced so wonderfully – the piano at the beginning, the enigmatic vocal samples, and above all else, the slick drops. Just listening to this track instills in my head images of flashing lights and beautiful, dancing crowds. The dazzling synth mixed in with the clap effects and deep bass make for an exceptional house cocktail.
Kaskade has outdone himself yet again with dance.love. The compilation served as a medium through which he could put his abilities to the test, and it looks like he’s passed with flying colors. It must also be noted that most of the tracks on this compilation are by Kaskade or have been reworked by him, probably because it’s supposed to act as a reflection of how his live sets are. This one is perfect for those who love the true Kaskade sound.