Depending on whom you ask, the most innovative music happening on the underground right now is being made by those in the dance-music universe or on the indie-rock fringe. So it’s no surprise that there might be a mutual admiration society between the two camps. Take house-music producer and DJ Kaskade , who has recently put a particularly divisive release into his rotation.
“You know what I’m listening to? I’m listening to the new [artist id=”2552793”]MGMT[/artist] record [Congratulations]. It’s awesome,” Kaskade told MTV News. “Everyone’s hating on it, but I’m like, ’It’s awesome.’ It’s all tripped out. I love it.”
He is referring to the chilly reception that Congratulations received when it appeared last month. Though it debuted at #2 on the Billboard albums chart , the reviews have been decidedly mixed, with most of the complaints coming from people saying the album didn’t have a single along the lines of “Kids” or “Time to Pretend” (from their surprise hit debut Oracular Spectacular).
“We’ve been fortunate that the music we’ve made that’s been kind of honest and whatever’s in our heads, other people really like it and find something good about it,” MGMT’s Andrew Van Wyngarden told MTV News back in February. “And we’re just going to keep doing that. If it works the first time, maybe it will work again.”
Kaskade embraced that. “There’s no single, but that’s what I like about it!” he said. Indeed, the pulsating psychedelia of Congratulations is a perfect fit for Kaskade, whose thick, head-snapping house grooves incorporate a lot of the same sounds.
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