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4x4=12 (2LP) [VINYL]

Deadmau5 Vinyl
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Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes a the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including ... Read more in Amazon's Deadmau5 Store

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  • Vinyl (14 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mau5trap
  • ASIN: B004GV76QK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sofi Needs a Ladder
2. A City In Florida
3. Animal Rights
4. Cthulhu Sleeps
5. Some Chords
Disc: 2
1. I Said (Michael Woods Remix)
2. Bad Selection
3. Right This Second
4. Raise Your Weapon
5. One Trick Pony
6. Everything Before

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REPRESSED IN LIMITED QUANTITY ON BLACK VINYL - 2LP Anyone that attended a deadmau5 show would have experienced electrifying live renderings of material from his third production compilation album 4x4=12. Performing in front of hundreds of thousands at major festivals and venues across the globe including Brixton Academy (3 consecutive nights), Creamfields and Cream (Amnesia), Ibiza to name a few, electronic music s most talked-about artist and producer unveiled a wide range of new songs to accompany his roof-raising visual show. With his revolutionary LED mau5head which flashed space scenes and robot smiley faces, deadmau5 highlighted his sets with tracks like Cthulhu Sleeps, Some Chords and the atmospheric track Raise Your Weapon featuring Picture Book singer Greta Svabo Bech. Also included on 4x4=12 is the deadmau5 vs. Wolfgang Gartner collaboration Animal Rights . The albums next single Sofi Needs A Ladder, featuring spunky delivery by vocalist Sofi, made its live debut this past March at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami where deadmau5 was joined by Sofi and iconic drummer Tommy Lee in front of 50,000 fans. Other highlights from the album include One Trick Pony which Sofi also appears on and the Michael Woods remix of I Said, a deadmau5 collaboration with U.K. DJ/producer Chris Lake.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mau5 In The House !! 6 Dec 2010
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm addicted! Two listens and I want to run through it
all over again. Deadmau5 has turned in a cracking set
with '4 x 4 = 12'. Joel Zimmerman is creating some of
the most intelligent and exciting dance music you will
find anywhere on the planet right now. 2009's 'For Lack
Of A Better Name' got me in a bit of a lather too but
this new collection has moved things on a bit. It is as
thought all the best elements of Mr Mau5's output so-far
have been distilled into these eleven exemplary tracks.
The big, bad dark beats; the zooming sub-sonic basslines;
the clever management of rhythmic and melodic shifts;
the judicious use of repetitive vocal motifs.

In essence the elements may be simple but the edgy energy
generated by these beautifully crafted pieces is palpable.

The icy subterranean intro to opening track 'Some Chords'
picks up a four-square beat which, when it bursts out of
the frame in its full glory , hoists you up by the elbows
and hurls you around the room like a fairground waltzer.
It's a dizzy ride which burps and bumps and grinds its way
into our dance genes with ecstatically cocky confidence!

Next up, SOFI lends a hand with the words on the marvellously
tight but squelchy 'Sofi Needs A Ladder'. It's a bit of a brute!
A cracking slice of hypnotic, bone-shaking, turbulent mayhem.

Trust me here, it's all good. Very, very good!
The more measured pace and reflective groove of 'Raise Your
Weapon' is, however, better than good. It is the essential
beating heart of this fine project. Greta Svabo Bech delivers
a splendid vocal performance of the composition's strangely
moving melody and evocative narrative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New sounds but not a new album 8 Dec 2010
By GrantT
Format:Audio CD
There has been eager anticipation for the new Deadmau5 `4x4=12' album. The astronomical rise of Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 throughout 2010 has been hard to ignore. His Facebook page has attracted over 1 and a half million followers and most of his official YouTube videos push out an average of 1 million views. The release of the new album is a prelude to another hard grind of touring beginning in the UK on the 8th December in Bournemouth (his last tour only a mere 6 months ago).

Zimmerman is not afraid of experimenting with new sounds and delving into different genres. Anybody who has seen pictures of his studio set up will appreciate that he has taken a journey into the production of sound itself. Respectably, he is not signing up with the biggest names in the music biz and bashing out chart toppers (eg. Guetta, Tiesto). For this reason it will not be enjoyed by everyone especially the first time listener. But this is what gives `4x4=12' a distinct sound and a great sound it is too. Unless you are a die hard house (or mau5 as some have called it) fan you may find the production techniques slightly off putting. The opening song `Some Chords' lulls the listener into a false sense of security; we are treated to a few glimpses of what to expect (a dubstep wobble here or there). Then, a siren like sound warns of what is to come. `Sofi Needs a Ladder' slams a deep bass with Sofia Toufa or 'Sofi' providing (almost whiney) lyrics. `Cthulhu Sleeps' has an unmistakable rhythm and a riff that almost sounds like a lumberjack cutting down a tall oak. These songs are polar opposite to any previous song like `I Remember' or `Move for me'. Similarly, `One Trick Pony' is a brutal dubstep onslaught of overdriven synth bass and aggressive lyrical delivery from (a less whiney) Sofi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mighty mau5, awesome tunes 12 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is belting, bought it after hearing a few other Deadmau5 bits & was blown away. The tunes melt into a fantastic mash up of big beats & electronic madness that doesn't really relent throughout.

Starting off with the brilliant 'some chords' it powers on through the next few tracks, highlights being 'a city in florida', 'animal rights' & 'i said', before slowing the pace with a couple of dubstep style tunes which although quite good do grate slightly with what has gone before. It picks up again with the awesome finale of 'everything before'.

I am yet to play this to anyone who hasn't loved it, most have gone out & bought it, with this album soundtracking many a good night. If you just want some quality dance music, & don't worry about maths, you should give it a listen. The 2 previous albums, 'for lack of a better name' & 'random album title' are also great but this one is definitely my favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winning [dance] formula. 4 Jun 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before Toronto producer Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the man underneath the giant mouse head, I was very "vanilla" when it came to dance/house music. Yes, I would dance to it in a club, but would never imagine having it blasting at home while I work on my various projects. Well, Deadmau5 did not only help to propel dance music back into mainstream, it made dance music thrilling and electrifying and listenable (and all this alongside the fact that my feet literally drum the beat and go to dance all on their own while his creations are playing!).

Anyway, Deadmau5, very driven, opinionated and very talented. Have you seen him playing live? I had, a few times, and it's just euphoric, with amazing video projections and elaborate but so organic sets. The expectations for this follow up to his "For Lack of Better Name" were enormous. And he did not disappoint. He just reinvented himself a bit. Yet again. By reinvention I mean the close collaboration with LA-based singer SOFI, the Greek-German singer who accompanied him live on the tour to promote "4x4=12". And you thought it's just computer generated sound! Mixed as a continuous arrangement, the album is a selection of wonderful compositions, from techno epic to trance pieces, and of course, there is almost mesmerising drumming going on. The album is also quite harsh (there is no "Auguru"), some songs feel quite is a fierce and violent (think almost brutal "One Trick Pony"). And there are no mesmerising trance epics, fit for meditating, such as [I think my all time favourite] finest progressive house "Strobe".

This is a truly dance record, for a fun night out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars deadmau5
this was for my sons birthday on 22nd February. Although it arrived by the date specified it was after his birthday.
Published 4 months ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasingly bangin'
As the title. Not sure about the consistency of the dubstep attempt. It sounds uninspired and flat. Nevermind. Hasn't left the CD player in the car yet though.
Published 7 months ago by MRS L M O DUGHER
5.0 out of 5 stars 17yr old son loves it
this is not my choice, it was bought for my son, he thinks its brilliant. have to add more words
Published 14 months ago by M. Colledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker
My kids think I am too old to listen to this but what do they know. This is pure music creation. The beats flow with the tunes. Just like music use to back in the day!! Fantastic.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. P. Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good the whole way through.
Originally I'd only heard Some Chords, Cthulu Sleeps and Raise Your Weapon , but I bought the whole album for something to listen to whilst I was away. Read more
Published on 10 July 2012 by Random Name 10101
5.0 out of 5 stars SCHOOL FROM SPACE
ALL WORK COMES TO HIS LEAVE A SIGN TO A SCENE THAT INDELIBLE CHANGING ALWAYS INNOVATIVE PROPOSALS EXPLODES A CHARACTER FOLLOWING LINES ACID DECIDED NOT TOO SOFT FOR THIS JOB ARE... Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by roberto scappini
5.0 out of 5 stars deadmaus does it again!
Deadmaus at his brilliant best, as usual! Can't fault it, every track is as good as the last one, or even better! Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by R. D. Hayes
1.0 out of 5 stars None of the other 1-star reviews made any sense, so here's mine.
deadmau5 is a massive household name in 21st century dance music. He wears a novelty mouse mask, he's remixed more tracks than Paul Oakenfold, he's had some massive club hits and... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by N Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
great album great tracks and good price for a download from Amazon. worth getting whole album and tracks are really differant.
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Having
Good value cd with catchy tracks from a very creative artist.
One for your collection.
Sofi Needs A Ladder - Best track on cd.
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by N. Hedley
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