Why Ask Why
Label: Ultra Records
These days, Kaskade is a top-billed DJ who sells out stadiums and has a residency in Vegas, but his roots are in more intimate nightclubs, while his songwriting is aimed at the charts. He brings all those facts of his personality together on his eighth studio album, balancing lighters-in-the-air anthems ("Atmosphere") with gleaming, Robyn-inspired synth-pop ("Last Chance," "Why Ask Why"). Three moody deep-house sketches pay tribute to his roots, while "No One Knows Who We Are" frames an existential cry in delicate chamber pop.