I Remember

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Thank Kaskade for all the emotional but tasteful progressive house he's released on the Ultra Music label, or thank the U.S. producer for making his discography so easy to navigate. "Easy," that is, once one figures that I Remember is a best-of compilation, since there's nothing mentioned on the album artwork, a willing oversight left over from his 2006 comp Here & Now, which rounded up his years on the Om Music label. I Remember covers his years on Ultra, or 2008-2014, kicking off with "Move for Me," the producer's first number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart, and also a collaboration with like-minded producer Deadmau5. The Mau5 is also here on the "Strobelite Mix" of the album's title cut, a dreamy, sunny, pre-vacation number that brings warm reminders of Nalin & Kane's "Beachball" or Kaskade's own earlier hit "4 A.M.," the latter coming with less of a thump and more of an indie spin. Collaborators like Neon Trees (influencing Kaskade to go punchy and electro on "Lessons in Love"), Dragonette (helping to make the snaky "Fire in Your New Shoes" very crazysexycool), and Alex Gaudino (prog-house bliss meets the EDM tension-building drop on "I'll Never Dream I'm in Love") are all here and broaden the dance numbers, while Skylar Grey is on board for "Room for Happiness," which drops the beat and proves Kaskade can also deliver indie-influenced pop tunes. All of these names appear in the liner notes and not on the album artwork, but if Kaskade doesn't give up the helpful bits for curious shoppers, his "doesn't say 'best-of'" best-ofs don't hold back on the hits. Put this next to his other excellent milestone marker, Here & Now, and write: "more plush and subdued" on that one while marking this "more slick and ambitious."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
feat: Deadmau5
2 3:51 Amazon
3 3:45
4 5:12
5 4:16 Amazon
6 5:15
feat: Deadmau5
8 4:14
9 3:44 Amazon
feat: Swanky Tunes
11 3:15
feat: Adam K.
13 2:38
feat: Project 46
15 4:16
16 4:54
feat: Alex Gaudino
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