July 10, 2008

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Kaskade, Strobelite Seduction
Ultra Records, June 3

San Francisco DJ/producer Kaskade’s fifth artist album is more on the ’80s tip of deep house, but a little — just a little — Frankie Knuckles-style 70s-disco chintz does seep through. Fans of Sade, Madonna and, most obviously, Kylie Minogue will get more out of this than the type of house-head who, much unlike me, thinks the world needs more Donna Summer vibe in it (“Angel On My Shoulder” is for you, Mister Speedopants). Only a couple of tracks require repeat listenings for the hooks to settle in, not that the whole smash couldn’t find work as cool-breeze runway-model techno right out of the box, particularly at kickoff track “Move For Me,” in which singer Haley Gibby’s breathy lines conjure the dream lover a regular shlub could maybe actually get (fast up-and-comer Deadmau5 contributes his trademark air-raid cheese-bounce to Kaskade’s enchanting Euro-dance synth line, and the effect is blow-doors sexy). Bubbling with red-faced, innocent desire, “Back On You” is another deep, faraway stunner that’s way out of the weight class of your average Ableton tinkerer. AEric W. Saeger