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Kaskade Christmas

So there's been a trend in Christmas club music for all of ever: it's awful. 

Aside from a very short list of exceptions (Verve Remixed, Kristine W), the genre of holiday dance music consists mainly of tasteless circuit covers with no-name vocalists desperately trying to sound talented and a few one-off singles that were more novelty than quality. Dance music is every bit as heralded a genre as any other, so why it's taken so long for a dance artist to put out an album that's both true to genre's hallmarks and to the Christmas staples we know and love is a question that apparently got lost in the snow and froze to death before ever getting answered.

Kaskade is a purist, a veteran of dance music through all its incarnations in the last 20 years, a musical chameleon ever reshaping his sound, and one of the most genuine people in the music industry. So it really only makes senes that he would be the one to bridge the chasm between quality dance music and heartfelt Christmas songs, blending soul and thump into something that units two very different musical intentions. Kaskade Christmas is a 13-track collection of both original pieces and Christmas classics with a list of collaborators and vocalists that read like a who's who responsible for the year's best dance singles. One of the defining-ly Kaskade qualities of the album is the finesse with which he presents each song and not letting the production overpower the delicacy of a hymn or the emotional resonance of holiday sentiments. There are beats, but they're present for structure, not necessarily the spotlight. It's a dance album you could play in front of the family and not have Gramma make a face and ask what the hell you're playing ("Down Gramma"). It's a mix of electronic melancholy, ethereal snowy textures, sultry vocals and funky beats. It's the closest thing to perfect in a long time.

The only problem with Kaskade Christmas is that it's so good it begs not to be put away with the lights and Cher tree topper. Yes, you're going to look odd bobbing your head to "Deck The Halls" on the 405 in June, but with any luck album will become so recognized we'll all be in on its longevity.