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deadmau5's album > album title goes here < features single "Professional Griefers" which sits on the tougher end of deadmau5’s productions and features Gerard Way on vocals. Other collaborations include "Channel 42" with Wolfgang Gartner, "Telemiscommincations" with Imogen Heap, single "The Veldt" featuring Chris James and "Failbait" featuring legendary hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill.
He’s a divisive sort, deadmau5. That’s okay, many of music’s most interesting characters are. But it’s notable that he – he being 31-year-old Toronto EDM producer Joel Zimmerman – seems to thrive off putting noses out of joint.
Whether he’s declaring that DJ culture “bores me to f***ing tears”, or explaining the nature of electronic live performance as “pressing the space bar”, or clashing with figures as diverse as Madonna to Paris Hilton to A Guy Called Gerald, it is quite clear that the man in the mouse’s head is not out to make friends.
There is little love, peace and understanding to >album title goes here<. From the snarky title to the oppressive robo-beat barrage that is his stock-in-trade, Zimmerman has the stance of a pugilist. This in itself can be fairly impressive. Superliminal and Channel 42 advance impassively, hydraulic and monstrous, crushing all in their path with insistent four-to-the-floor rhythm and heavy, saturated synth.
Professional Griefers, meanwhile – named, presumably, in honour of those who intentionally disrupt multi-player online video games – enlists My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way for a guitar-smeared stomp reminiscent of Marilyn Manson in its evil countenance and deranged wreckage of imagery: “Morning sickness / X-Y-Z / Teenage girls with ESP!”
Undoubtedly, though, there is a lack of soul to this set. The peaks and troughs are too artificially plotted to feel properly euphoric, and even when Zimmerman does come upon a sweet melody he calls it something like Fn Pig and nails it senselessly to a lurching, head-banger beat. Only on the closing Telemisccommunications, a shimmering cloud of glitch-electro relating a relationship lived through transatlantic telephone lines, does he really find something approaching emotion.
Perhaps a little more time spent listening to his dance music forbearers would give >album title goes here< a little heart. Right now, for all its impressive fireworks, it feels hollow as its title.
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There are some great tracks on here, but it's almost as if he has to keep the masses happy now he's so famous by adding a little sprinkle of cheese here and there,unfortunately (Channel 42,Professional Griefers and Telemiscommunications for example).
Having said that, i only paid £5 for this and Fn Pig alone is worth that! Add to that: Maths,Take care of the proper paperwork,Closer and October and for me this is a bargain.
Definitely not as strong a complete album as 4x4=12 or For Lack of a Better Name, but still well worth the small charge for the quality of the 7 strong tracks out of 13.
Like they always seem to have been with mau5, the songs can be very repetitive. However he has never failed to deliver those tracks that pack a punch however bold or subtle. This album is experimental on mau5's part - part dance album and part electronic experiment album. It has 2 more songs than his last album, 4x4=12, which was, as a whole, more live set focused.
The other difference with this album compared to his other recent work is that it is unmixed so each track doesn't lead into the next. This is a feature he's included since Random Album Title until now.
1. "Superliminal" 6:15
2. "Channel 42" (with Wolfgang Gartner) 4:48
3. "The Veldt (8 Minute Edit)" (feat. Chris James) 8:25
4. "Fn Pig" 8:42
5. "Professional Griefers" (feat. Gerard Way) 4:04
6. "Maths" 6:38
7. "There Might Be Coffee" 7:00
9. "Closer" 6:58
10. "October" 7:10
8. "Take Care of the Proper Paperwork" 6:52
11. "Sleepless" 4:06
12. "Failbait" (feat. Cypress Hill) 4:49
13. "Telemiscommunications" (with Imogen Heap) 4:03
Joel Zimmerman himself has said he thinks he's heading towards the style of music he released on Get Scraped and on "There Might Be Coffee" and "Sleepless" especially there may well be a hint of that already.
A great new instalment from deadmau5 here I think - 8/10
I'll turn to the older albums instead - unless he can salvage things with the next one.
And what an album. While some of the tracks seem to be a bit disjointed in their ordering on the track, and apart from the dubious inclusion of Failbait, this is without doubt one of the best albums I've bought in a long time. Kicking off with the subliminal "Superliminal", right through to the hauntingly beautiful collab with Imogen Heap (Hide and Seek) in "Telemiscommunications", this album is killer melody after killer melody. Thankfully no dubstep in this one. Ok, so there's rap with Failbait, not really my thing but meh, ok.
Also "The Veldt" makes an appearance too... shame it's not the original with the jungle beats, but after seeing him make that track live, and being online when he heard the vocals done by Chris James and being as excited as he was... it has a special place in my heart. As good as Strobe? No... but nothing will ever surpass that for sheer brilliance.
This album is as good as, in fact probably better, than 4x4=12. Go on, it's under a tenner. Give your ears a treat.
I especially recommend:
There might be Coffee
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