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In Its 2nd Year, Wavefront Music Festival Sets Itself Apart From the Pack

We captured tons of great pictures. Click for: Day 1 photos | Day 2 photos | Day 3 photos

Last weekend Chicago’s Montrose Beach, located on the massive Lake Michigan, played host to the second year of Wavefront Music Festival. There were a few reasons the MMIBTY team couldn’t have been more excited for July 5-7 to arrive:
1.) Only one of us lives in Chicago while the rest of us either hadn’t been or we had visited and fallen in love with the city only to have returned home at a later time
2.) Wavefront is a three-day music festival that is literally on the beach, making it like no other festival in America
3.) It’s one of the few festivals that books big name acts (such as Rusko, Diplo, and Justice) while also focusing on more underground names in Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones/Damian Lazarus, and dOP to name a few. [Check out dOP's live set HERE]

The key takeaway from our experience with almost 75,000 dance music fans was this festival was so much fun and truly a fantastic time – maybe the best dance music festival in the U.S. But since we had a handful of writers in attendance I’m going to let you hear about it from each one’s perspective.

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Kaskade – Atmosphere

We first heard it on the main stage as Kaskade opened up what was to become a flawless set at Ultra, we heard a deeper, toned down version when he got intimate with his much acclaimed Redux Tour, and now it’s finally here for those staying at home. Along with a massive arena tour announcement, the release of “Atmosphere” has begun the whirlwind of excitement we last felt before “Fire & Ice” as Kaskade headed up the legendary Identity Tour two summers ago. In the world at large, it’s Kanye season. To the electronic music diehards, it’s officially Kaskade season.

Atmosphere keeps up with Kaskade’s transition to big room sounds that we saw emerging in “Fire & Ice,” and it hits hard. Massive progressive synths build from the bare piano that made “No One Knows Who We Are” such a hit. This time, however,  Kaskade keeps his feet even firmer in the emotional realm, especially when it drops. Turning the BPM down to 123 and using his own vocals for the track, he keeps it real while turning it up to 11.

Kaskade – Atmosphere

Pick it up on iTunes or Beatport and be sure to try and snag some tickets if you’re lucky enough to live in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

Kaskade & Adam K – Raining (Late Night Alumni Redux Mix)

Well it’s finally NOT raining here in Boston but I figured I’d highlight a fresh take on Kaskade & Adam K‘s 2010 signature track “Raining”. A couple weeks ago I posted Kaskade’s live set from San Diego, featuring 100 minutes of his It’s You It’s Me Redux tour. That tour was a rare treat for fans of Kaskade’s earlier work, with Deep House and Lounge tracks occupying a majority of the setlists. One of the stand-out tracks from the San Diego set, in my opinion, was the Late Night Alumni Redux Mix of “Raining”. While the original is quite good the way it is, the Redux mix turns the anthem into a Deep House cut that’s both funky and sexy at the same time. For those of you who don’t know, the Late Night Alumni are a House group formed in the early 2000s with Kaskade, Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock, and vocalist Becky Jean Williams. Check out both tracks and see how they are both great in their own ways, but drastically different. The Redux mix was released last week for free on Kaskade’s SoundCloud page.

Kaskade – Raining (Original Mix) | Purchase on Beatport
Kaskade – Raining (Late Night Alumni Redux Mix)

Kaskade Gets Back to His Roots with It’s You It’s Me Redux Live from San Diego 5.3.13

For those of you who don’t know, Dance Music veteran Kaskade got his start by producing Deep House and Lounge music via his debut album It’s You, It’s Me. Released in 2003, It’s You It’s Me was a 13-track collection of deep, groovy, and soulful music. Although most of the tracks have a 4-on-the-floor beat, they don’t sound like or feel like what you may know House music as. Almost every song has serenading vocals and smooth bass lines, best enjoyed late at night or in posh hotel lobbies. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of Kaskade’s debut album, he just wrapped up a nine-city U.S. tour, dubbed the It’s You It’s Me Redux tour.

The tour stopped in major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, and Los Angeles and all of them sold out. These were intimate shows with Kaskade spinning Deep House/Lounge tracks from his earlier days as well as edits, remixes, and general songs that fit into the overall vibe. Kaskade thought it was especially fitting that Deep House is making a come-back, having prime crowds for the sets (see Tweet below). The final show in San Diego spanned three hours and Kaskade recorded the whole thing, editing the live mix down to the best 100 minutes (complete with crowd interaction), released yesterday. There were no bangers here, no festival anthems – just straight smooth tunes mixed seamlessly into each other. A standout track, for example, is Kaskade’s Late Night Alumni Redux Mix of “Raining” which I think I like far better than the original because it’s so funky. I wish I had been in attendance for one of these shows, but I’m glad Kaskade did us the favor of releasing his set from San Diego. I’m left wondering if some people in attendance expected the Kaskade we currently hear at shows and were surprised by the unique format of the Redux tour.

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Ultra Music Festival 2013 – Weekend 2 Live Sets [Free Downloads]

Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have  collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!

Ultra Music Festival 2013 – Weekend 1 Live Sets [Free Downloads]

The first weekend of Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have  collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!

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