Saturday, December 11, 2010

All Kaskade All Day, With Some Late Night On The Side

Chicago Born, San-Fran based, American DJ/Producer extraordinaire Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, has been tearing it up for almost a decade now, defining and crafting a unique sound that's unlike anything out there. His older productions are more in the realm of downtempo, warm, lounge-house, but most people know him for the uplifting progressive sound that he's pioneered over the past few years. His roots seem like a deviation from the big-room sound that he's been associated with recently, but the reality is they explain exactly what's enabled him to be so successful. His lounge-house origins come through in his newer productions by adding a warmth that you don't normally get with the often all-too formulaic progressive house sound. It's like progressive house with soul, and it's absolutely wonderful.
His exploits don't stop there though, he's also part of an awesome collective by the name of Late Night Alumni, who, as the name implies, make just about the best late night music you'll find anywhere. After checking out his facebook page, I found that he's been doing something really awesome recently, which is releasing all sorts of gems from his collection that otherwise would've never made it out into the public. Here are some of these previously unreleased masterpieces, as well as some classic Kaskade tracks and some really great stuff by the Late Night Alumni that you won't want to miss.
Kaskade on Beatport

Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill - All That You Give (Kaskade's Big Room Mix)

Kaskade vs Alex Gaudino - I'll Never Dream I'm In Love

Kaskade vs Robin S. - Be Still and Show Me Love - (DBN Mix) Kaskade Mash Up

This one, a remastering of one of his older productions, is a great example of the warm, chilled-out roots I mentioned earlier.
Kaskade - What You Are To Me (2010 Re-Mastering)

Classic Kaskade (Classikade)
Jes - Imagination (Kaskade Remix)

Kaskade - Sorry (Dirty South Mix)

Kaskade - Step One Two (Original Mix)

Late Night Alumni
Like I said before, I don't think there's any better music out there for those special late night occasions when you get to kick back with some close friends and just relax and appreciate life. Something about Becky Jean Williams' silky smooth vocals over the elegant beats of Kaskade & co. really makes these guys irresistible. They haven't gotten nearly as much attention as they deserve though, so be sure to show them some love and buy some of their tracks off of beatport here. Also keep an eye out for their forthcoming album, Haunted.

Late Night Alumni - Run A Mile

Late Night Alumni - You Can Be The One

Another awesome giveaway, this one is a downtempo gem that's apparently a cover of an obscure christmas song, so grab it and get in the festive spirit.
Late Night Alumni & Kaskade - Jesu Parvale

Stay Classy,

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