In light of CRSSD dropping the first wave of artists who will be playing during the festival’s 11th edition in March, it’s time to take a trip back to Kaskade‘s full Redux set from the festival’s 10th edition. Kaskade’s set is perfect for those looking to get a sultry start to their day. The set features Kaskade originals in their entirety with the exception of a brief hiatus, where the producer drops “Everything in Its Right Place” by Radiohead (Gigamesh/ DiscoTech Remix / Glass Petals Big Intro Edit).
Whether or not Kaskade will return is currently unknown, but after listening to his one-hour set from the festival’s previous edition, fans can only hope he will be back to grace listeners with one hour of deep house.
In the short amount of time that Las Vegas club KAOS spent operating, its run was mired by exuberant costs and rumors of artists pulling out of their residencies. Now, KAOS will face a legal battle with Kaskade for breach of contract on the grounds of cancelling his shows in light of the club’s closure.
In the lawsuit, Ryan Raddon (better known as Kaskade) reportedly entered in a two-year agreement with FP Holdings, the company behind Palms Casino Resort and KAOS, for a 60-show deal. The superstar DJ alleges he was not informed of KAOS’ impending closing at the time of his show cancellations. He fulfilled 20 of the 60 shows before the club canceled the remainder—only compensating Raddon for the three shows slated to take place in October.
“As a result, FP is unable to provide Raddon with a suitable venue for either the remaining performances to be held in 2019 or the performances in 2020, which further breach of the agreement,” the lawsuit states.
KAOS debuted in the beginning of the year as the crown jewel of Palms Casino Resort. The day and nightclub boasted both Vegas’ largest outward-facing LED screen and artist residencies from Skrillex, Cardi B, Above & Beyond, and more before suddenly folding after seven months. A class action suit was also filed two days after KAOS’ closure on behalf of the club’s workers.
Diving into the atmospheric sonics of frostbitten temperatures, Kaskade‘s newest single “My Light” arrives with gratifying timing. Featuring a collaborative effort with Grammy-nominated producer Lipless, the track first appeared on Arkade Destinations Icelandupon its release in early October. The latest Destinations release follows as the second edition of Kaskade’s installment of the location-based compilation series—with the first centered on Tulum. Each Destinations album has reflected the Arkade founder’s externalization of “traveling the world and becoming emotionally attached to different locations” and subsequently build upon that experience.
“My Light” sees Kaskade and Lipless join forces on house sensuality, characterized by wispy female vocals, cascading synth plucks, and deep percussions. With expert chopping and layering maneuvers, the track delivers four-on-the-floor energy that maintains subtleness while simultaneously teeming with seductive qualities. Replete with minor tones, but euphoria-inducing, “My Light” might be Kaskade’s sexist club number of 2019.
Felix Cartal has released an impactful new video project in collaboration with Jacob Crawford titled “Right Now.” Within the visual, the Canadian DJ/producer tackles an issue that nearly all artists struggle with at some time or another, feeling stuck in a creative rut. To encourage his peers to prevail during creatively challenging times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some industry friends for insight into what has helped them when they struggle with artistic vision.
The video opens to the text, “As an artist, I often feel insecure about my own work and look for ways to stay motivated. I love talking to friends in these moments… so I went to LA for one week, and asked some friends about their creative process. This is the result. Maybe it can help you too.”
The video shows clips of Cartal speaking with artists spanning Zedd to Anna Lunoe to Kaskade. He also speaks to songwriters Lights, K.Flay, Phoebe Ryan and many more. With such an expansive pool of participants, the visual is free to jaunt through a number of creative corridors. A number of notable artists, including Galantis and Steve Aoki, also opted to send in clips sharing the galvanizing message: “Don’t Wait, just do it right now.” The video itself concludes with Cartal sharing some reflective insight on his career thus far.
Cartal writes in an official release about his intentions for releasing the project, “I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!”
Kaskade and Mr. Tape are keeping the club burners coming with “Come On.” The entreating number is another notch in the producers’ carved-up collaborative post. To date, Kaskade and the Mr. Tape duo have hopped on a number of nuanced cuts together. In the past, they’ve showed off their creative synergy on “Fun,” “Show of Hands,” and “Can’t Be Without.”
Kaskade and Mr. Tape are back at it again, unabashed, with another blazing house number in hand. The acute assertion of “Come On”‘s lyrical hook, “My speaker on fire / I got the groove,” is an apt description of Kaskade and Mr. Tape’s style on the single. “Come On” arrives accordingly with all of the trappings of a Kaskade and Mr. Tape weekend-appropriate special: quivering bass lines, dancefloor-determined house sound, and an entreating vocal hook. It’s another climatic, club-destined offering, hand delivered by way of some of house music’s most capable craftsmen.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
ZHU and partywithray craft a sinister masterpiece on their new collaboration, “Came For The Low,” and Ekali and Kiiara are a dynamic duo when they come together for “Back To You.” Gareth Emery continues to bless the music world with his masterpieces with the installment of “Laserface 03 (Leaving You).” Nora En Pure has revealed her new EP, Homebound, and EDEN releases “projector.” The Knocks team up with Great Good Fine Ok for “Lucky Me,” and Audien brings some drum ‘n’ bass heat with “Reach.” Gryffin soars in his debut LP, Gravity, and Kaskade and Mr. Tape flex on “Come On.” Notaker crafts an otherworldly sonic journey on “From Dust & Ashes,” and Galantis unexpectedly team up with Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on “Faith.” Moon Boots and Black Gatsby unwind for the weekend on “Whisper In The Wind.” Showtek and Gammer tell us how they really feel on their new collaboration, “EDM Sucks,” and Ryan Browne gives BIJOU and Tyler Graves’ “Crown” a rougher edge. Wilkinson shines on his new single, “Machina,” and Gramatik reveals Re:Coil, Pt. II, featuring tracks like “Don’t Give Up” with Ryan Shaw and ProbCause.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Skip the awkward family Thanksgiving gathering this year and reach for an actual good time that doesn’t include your uncle’s weird political views or your dad’s indigestion complaints. Give Thanks Festival returns to northern California this year on November 29 – 30 with a stacked lineup of electronic music heavy hitters including Kaskade, Kayzo, Manilla Killa, 3LAU, and more.
The event, hosted at Cal Expo Fairgrounds, is bringing a solid cast of DJs to Sacramento, with Good Time Ahead, Getter, and more slated for the two-day throw down. Tickets to Give Thanks Festival are on sale now, click here for more info.
Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.
From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.
Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.
ArkadeDestinations Iceland is sonic escapism, Kaskade style. The dual-disc compilation album arrives as the sensory appealing sequel to 2018’s inaugural installment in the Destinations concept series, Destinations: Tulum.
Built around Kaskade’s experience of
“traveling the world and becoming emotionally attached to different locations,” Destinations is the producer’s effort to authentically translate the
spirit and character of a specific geographic place through sound.
“I’ve developed personal relationships with the moods of different spots, and wanted to start with Tulum as it’s always lingered with me,” Kaskade said at the time of Destinations: Tulum’s release. “I hope with the compilation…I can bring back the feeling of being in Tulum…[the] experience of sitting on the beach and walking through the town.”
Now, just a little more than a year later, Kaskade invites streamers on an Icelandic adventure sound tracked by Lipless, Blue Noir, MR TAPE, Finnstagram, LoKii, and more. The 27 Arkade Destinations Iceland inclusions transition with imperceptible ease. The fluidity with which the album so seamlessly glides from one production to the next is due in part to Kaskade’s maintenance of a down- to mid-tempo arrangement across the cuts that cohesively constitute Arkade Destinations Iceland.
Fingers brush against the metallic strings of guitars on many of the constituting tracks; these riffs are but one of the tactile elements that figure on the album that add texture. Tonally placid in its overall makeup, the compilation album captures the wintery personality of Iceland with an icy authenticity.
Read Dancing Astronaut’s interview with Kaskade on his Destinations series, here.