For Lack of a Better Nameby Deadmau5
With a boost from Pete Tong's radio show, wunderkind Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) has made his presence felt in the progressive house scene. This 2009 mix album compiles previously released and unreleased tracks, sequenced and segued like one of Deadmau5's exciting live spots. The spare aggression of "FML" is a dramatic kickoff to a collection that demonstrates Zimmerman's skill in manipulating moods. A funereal organ theme runs through both the playful "Moar Ghosts n Stuff" and its powerful companion track, "Ghosts n Stuff" (featuring an angsty/sexy vocal from Pendulum's Rob Swire), exploring both ends of the life/death continuum, before sliding effortlessly into the celebratory "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside). "The 16th Hour" bubbles along on a manic riff -- compelling if not inventive -- until a quiet interlude prettily deconstructs and comments on the original motif. The gorgeous and restorative "Strobe" lets listeners/dancers down gently.
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- Ultra Records
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Great new singles on this album, although I much prefer the non-vocalized "Ghosts n Stuff". Nonetheless, the mix is near-perfect, FML is a great opener, and deadmau5 introduces a lot of minimal-techno sounds and progressions along with his signature progressive house. deadmau5 is a great producer and artist, as he has proven with this super-original mix album, and his meteoric rise to stardome in a relatively short time.
It's rare that I buy a CD and listen to the whole thing through from start to finish without reaching for the Next Track button. This is a rare compilation. Strobe and Soma are the flagship songs and Strobe in particular is a big reason for Deadmau5's #6 world ranking (per The DJ List http://www.djmag.com/top100/detail/1189). Strobe is a massive track. It is progressive and emotional. The several-minute build-up to the base line is tantalizing. Then, all of a sudden there's a sound like a whip and BAM! Oftentimes I try to relate electronica to existing classical melodies, but Strobe has a style fresh and new unlike any existing sound I've ever heard. I find myself sometimes looping Strobe over and over while studying physics.