Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Michael Arnold0
Kaskade, Qulinez – Stars Troll (Extended) is Finally Released. And then Some.
What is there to say about Kaskade that hasn’t already been said? The man is an EDM god presenting fans with his musical gifts day in and day out. Music keeps his youthful spirit alive, which flows through his veins and body like water. He feels it because it’s always there. I know this because I’m the same way.
Ryan Raddon pushes the boundaries of the genre not only musically but from a business standpoint too. EDM ‘purists’ bluster on Twitter, and in a malign way, that he currently produces nothing but mashups and echoes the same set night after night on his Freaks of Nature Tour. These are the same diehard ‘fans’ that are supposed to support the artists they love. They are instead coming off as ostentatious elitists that live to separate themselves by talking sh*t, by being arrogant. Since this is a traveling tour, it has to be somewhat expected that sets have similarities. Kaskade responded back to ‘same set’ claims on his twitter earlier in the summer as the Freaks of Nature tour began.
Kaskade played 28 shows in 31 days in the month of July. He pours his entire mind, energy and creativity into producing the most amazing experiences he can conceive for his fans. He’s progressing not regressing. He dropped an incredible full-length album last fall, has a full-time residency at Marquee Las Vegas, and is presently in the midst of a 40+ city bus tour across North America this summer, an unprecedented accomplishment for any EDM artist.I’m prefacing all of this because I see Kaskade more than how most see him. He’s a passionate musical artist, someone that wants to withstand the test of times, not a fad that diminishes in the wind. He wants to create and build, not destroy. He aims to please existing fans but aspires to gain new ones, which is perhaps the most challenging task that a successful musician faces.
Last Friday, Kaskade officially released Stars Troll, a synthesis of Stars Align from his 2006 Love Mysterious album and the ridiculous club banger Troll from 2012 outbreak artist Qulinez. I like this mashup because Kaskade, a veteran and heavyweight for more than 10 years, shows respect for and approval to fresh and young producers. That’s important in music, not deserting your origins and similarly being conscious of industry progressions and new artists. Here, Kaskade takes the soothing and melodic vocals from Stars Aligns and intertwines it intelligently with Troll, a cherry-picked progressive house tune that resembles Kaskade’s recognizable bass-line driving sound.
If you’re searching for fresh and original Kaskade songs, they are on the way I’m sure. He already announced via Twitter that the infamous ID from his recent sets is actually a new collaboration of his with Swanky Tunes, No One Knows Who We Are. (We’ll have more information on the release when it comes our way!) Ryan’s tweeted about a new Late Night Alumni album that’s in the works as well. Until then just go with the flow and enjoy what this EDM titan has to offer.
Watch Kaskade drop Stars Troll at Coachella 2012 live. (Chills anyone?)
Also, check out Kaskade’s epic live set from the Los Angeles Staples Center, where the night was streamed on YouTube July 27, 2012. (Stars Troll was played about 4 tracks into the set.)
Article by: Michael Arnold