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Mau5 In Da House !!
on 5 October 2009
Mice are, on the whole, annoying, frivolous and unnecessary creatures.
Of little use to man or beast - or Wolf come to that!
An unsatisfyingly meagre meal and notoriously difficult to digest.
Now that the nights are growing colder they arrive in their dozens
seeking warmth and sustenance in our cave. It is mostly a nuisance.
Other than Scatty and Gritz (the cubs) recruiting them as, somewhat
unwilling, playmates, they serve no useful purpose whatsoever.
Not so Deadmau5 (just loving that "5"!) - aka Joel Zimmerman when
in human form; a Canadian DJ, Producer and Composer.
His new album 'For Lack Of A Better Name' delivers some fine tunes.
In fact, there is much that it is possible to dance to here (I have
put this to the test when I thought nobody was watching but am sure
I heard Mrs Wolf giggling in the kitchen on more than one occasion!)
The beats are BIG; the bass subsonically intense; the musical
ideas, though hardly original, are none-the-less intelligent.
None moreso than opening track 'FML' which sets the bar pretty high
and then struggles elsewhere to deliver similar energy or complexity.
It is a demonically raucous percussive composition whose
interlacing sections generate visceral excitement and electricity.
Music for a house party in Hell!
'Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff' and 'Ghosts 'n' Stuff' (the latter featuring a heavily
vocoder'd Mr Swire) are both uplifting stomping and storming highlights.
'Hi Friend' would have been a whole lot better without MC Flipside's vocal
interventions - "All systems go out on the floor-this is what you came here for"
- erm...as I said...a WHOLE LOT better!
'Soma' chugs along happily in its own company. Going nowhere nicely.
So too, 'Lack Of A Better Name', a trancey groove which would doubtless
come even more alive after a few pints of strong lager and a kebab.
Closing track 'Strobe' takes more time to build its case.
The delightful ambient opening developing eventually into
a persuasive and powerfully uplifting melodic finale.
S&G came home from a craft session at school today wearing
matching-mau5 headgear. Another week - another trend.
They are the sons of their father after all....!