You either love it or you hate it, but Christmas music has started to takeover radio stations, department stores, and cafés. Thankfully, Kaskade has released his Kaskade Christmas album to replenish some of the millennials’ Christmas spirit, breathing life into some of the old, overplayed (yet still beautiful) Christmas classics.
The legendary house producer and DJ’s Kaskade Christmas album features classics, including “Deck the Halls” (ft. Erika), “Silent Night” (ft. Ilsey), and “Winter Wonderland.” Packed with thirteen of Christmas’ greatest tracks throughout the years, the iconic record producer’s fresh perspective on music this holiday season is long overdue and very much welcome.
The overall productions on this cunning album have a minimalistic vibe to them, maintaining the simplicity and beauty that is held within holiday music. By infusing atmospheric pads, deep bass, and simplistic percussion, the album remains calm and soothing. This is a nice getaway from the constant four-on-the-floor club anthems we’re so used to hearing.
Ryan Gary Raddon is the mastermind behind the Kaskade moniker. Raddon was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1989 and 1990. His music career really took off when he began working as an A&R assistant to John Elkins at OM Records, a house and electronic label in San Francisco, California. Raddon is now one of the electronic music industry’s most prolific record producers, remixers, and DJs in the game. He has been crowned “America’s Best DJ” in 2011 and 2013 by DJ Mag.