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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Album review: Kaskade, “Fire and Ice”

He’s not exactly a household name, but DJ/producer Kaskade (born Ryan Raddon) is one of the longest-running and most commercially minded of the current crop of electronic dance music artists. He
specializes in mainstream-friendly house tracks, often with female guest vocalists, and when “Fire & Ice” sticks to this mandate, it does just fine.

A double-disc collection of mostly electro-inflected house tracks (“Fire”) and ostensibly chill remixes of the same songs (“Ice”), “Fire & Ice” tries a little bit of everything: deep house, synth-heavy dance pop, simmering jams. Kaskade isn’t EDM’s most adventurous star, but he’s possibly its most immaculate. Even his missteps — forays into dubstep that never really feel natural, a tendency toward ’90s-reminiscent, uber-mellow spa music — are faultlessly executed.

“Fire” and “Ice” rely heavily, but not unwisely, on guest stars such as Skylar Grey and the suddenly mighty Skrillex, who underplays his usual wobble for the occasion.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Categories:  Album reviews | Tags:  Kaskade

 
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