If you love 80's synth pop and modern electronic music, you may just very well love Michael Cassette. This could easily be "The" dance album of 2011, and yes it's only January.
I recently received my copy of Michael Cassette's Temporarity on CD. I usually don't buy compact discs, but anything released by Anjunabeats or, in this case, Anjunadeep I feel inclined to buy the hard copy instead of the digital copy.
To give a quick background, I am an avid fan of Above & Beyond, their record labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and their podcast Trance Around the World. I'm more keen to Trance, but I enjoy a fair share of Progressive House tracks as well. Good music is subjective, but here's my take.
First off, Michael Cassette is a collaboration of Komytea (Erkka Henrikki Lempiäinen & Matti Tapio Heininen) and an anonymous artist that goes simply by the name Michael. Michael composed the music and provided the vocals while Komytea had the duty of producing the music. This CD has been released under the Anjunadeep label and classified under the genre Progressive House.
My first introduction to Michael Cassette was the song Come Home (Michael Cassette Remix) off of OceanLab's Siren of the Sea Remixed album. I was absolutely blown away by the song's 80's synth vibe and entrancing beat. I immediately became a fan and started searching through all of my Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep Volumes to discover that there were indeed more earlier musical sensations from Michael Cassette. Needless to say, when word that Michael Cassette's Temporarity was soon to be released, it was at the top of my "have to have it now" list. Now that I am in possession of this album, I have continually listened to it repeatedly. I simply can not get enough. Here is my breakdown of ratings of this sensational album.
Note: This is based off a 1 - 5 Star system for simplicity.
1. My Name Is Michael Cassette (3 Stars)
2. Shadow Movement (5 Stars) - This song is an extended version of the Anjunadeep Volume 01 track.
3. Crockett's Theme (4 Stars) - From the Miami Vice original TV series, this is an outstanding remake.
4. Through the Window (5 Stars) - My personal favorite on this album.
5. Magenta Sunset (4 Stars)
6. Ghost in the Machine (5 Stars)
7. Pangaea (4 Stars)
8. Nevermore (5 Stars)
9. Kilimanjaro (5 Stars) - Also found on the Anjunadeep Volume 2 album.
10. Carpe Diem (5 Stars)
11. Zeppelin (5 Stars) - This track is also on the Anjunabeats Volume 5 album.
12. Funeralia - Farewell to David (3 Stars)
This is a superb album and has definitely set the bar for upcoming albums this year. Some of the 4 Stars could easily be 5 Stars. Listen and enjoy.
Some other notable work by Michael Cassette is Summer (Dub) on Anjunadeep Volume 01, Miracle (Michael Cassette Remix) on OceanLab Siren of the Sea Remixed, and Trance Around The World Episode 348 Guest Mix by Michael Cassette.
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