Whether stirred by the Daft Punk hysteria or his own spontaneity, Deadmau5 has created a hype machine of his own in the past two weeks, unleashing a total of four track previews. While “Suite 03″ was a nod to his Random Album Title days, the remaining newly previewed productions have showcased an unbarred creative drive to differentiate his sound. In a rather unlikely scenario, Zimmerman’s latest preview “Killthemau5″ features clamorous OWSLA talent Kill the Noise. While the track begins innocently enough with sweeping, orchestral chords, the mood shifts a bit suddenly with a sporadic, variegated dubstep drop.
Deadmau5 said of the track: “‘I’ve bastardized it a bit. But I’ll pass it back to Jake and see what’s up.” Hence, “Killthemau5″ is still a work in progress, and judging by Zimmerman’s words, the half time drop has yet to be properly manipulated by the diabolical hands of Kill the Noise. Regardless, “Killthemau5″ is undeniably one of the more intriguing collaborations we’ve seen from the mau5.
Yesterday deadmau5 previewed a new work-in-progress dubbed “Suite 03,” featuring classic deadmau5 vibes with a trance-like aesthetic. Today the outspoken producer continues to experiment in his studio with a preview titled “Monophobia,” a much darker and techier experiment than yesterday’s offering. Not yet fleshed out, the mix ditches harmonic melodies for down-and-dirty techno, hissing and popping in a heavily filtered and gritty 2:15 second clip.
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Coming off collaborations with Diplo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, a smash hit in “Hit It,” and a slew of remixes, GTA hold two of the hottest hands in dance music production. The duo are now back to take on another track for Deadmau5, following their remix of “Channel 42.” This time, Matt and Julio rework a throwback Kaskade collaboration and drift away from their expected in-studio methods. Released today via Ultra Records, GTA’s remix of “Move For Me” instills trap slaps in the form of lovestep, keeping the emotion of the original intact while leaving their own mark.
Deadmau5 has previewed a new track on his Soundcloud page titled “Suite 03,” venturing back to his progressive styling and taking to Twitter to state “drop not included.” The clip features a long, drawn out build with classic trance-like undertones. Deadmau5′s recent productions have been to the slower and more downtempo side of things, offering a refreshing change from what we’d normally expect. He added to his tweet that “this ‘edm’ track contains more than one note.” What’s your take on this side of Deadmau5? Let us know in the comments section below.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what constitutes downtempo, it’s generally known as slower, ambient-driven electronic music. This week features an assortment of downtempo productions with two impeccable originals from Andrew Bayer, a rework of “Move For Me,” X3SR’s remix of “Breathe,” and an original from Kastle.
If you missed any of last week’s lighter selections, check out Mat Zo’s blissful remix of “Alive,” Jonas Rathman’s forthcoming remix of “Another Love, “ and Moon Boots’ new original “Love Strong.” For Sunday mornings, it doesn’t get much better than lush synth pads over an absorbing, sub-100 bpm broken beat. Click past the break for five downtempo tracks.
While most of the world slumbered last night, Deadmau5 popped up on SoundCloud with a new clip of a track he has been working on with Kat Von D called “Satellite.” This is not the first time his fiancée has appeared on his SoundCloud page — he posted a track she made for him with friend Danny Lohner back in February where she sang vocals over a rendition of “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” This is only the intro and first verse of ”Satellite,” but its classical orchestral sound sweeps up and down into a glitchy break with flavors of hip hop. It’s understated and smooth — can’t wait to hear the finished product.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Diplo, Deadmau5, and Seth Troxler.
Deadmau5 has been announced as the headliner for this summer’s Veld Music Festival in Toronto, joining an ensemble cast of production talents from a variety of genres. Over thirty acts including Danny Tenaglia, Pretty Lights, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Kaskade and more are all scheduled to perform.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, with passes providing access to the full two days. General admission ranges from $74.50 to $137.50 while VIP tickets will cost you between $199.50 and $299.50.
It’s tough being a Canadian sometimes. While bustling with fresh talent, our producers are frequently mistaken for our neighbours to the south. Of course, we are often too polite to cause a scene but it’s due time that we shine a light on our accomplished artists and let the world know we hamper more musical scope than just the Biebs. Canada has a vast EDM scene comparable, if not better, to metropolitans in the US, and we are mighty proud of it.
As opposed to beach or desert festivals, we have outdoor blizzard raves fit with ice sculptures and snow huts, like Igloofest in Montreal and Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival in Toronto. Frankly, if you’re not putting on neon snowpants and toques to go rave in the snow, you’re doing it wrong. We also enjoy getting lost in dense Canadian forests at Shambhala and celebrating our Nation’s birthday at Escapade. Our clubs like Flames Central in Calgary are named after hockey teams, and we are home to the one and only EDMonton. The Guvernment Toronto is constantly hailed by DJs for having the best crowds, while Celebrities Vancouver is in one of the best cities in the world. We grew up on MuchDance compilation albums and Rick Campanelli interviews. Last but not least, we have developed a fair amount of respected producers, the frontrunners listed below.
When Deadmau5 was revealed as a headliner for Ultra, the announcement had the quality of a Daft Punk rumor. Hadn’t he sworn to never again play the festival? Hadn’t he been wholly absent from the 2012 U.S. festival circuit? Hadn’t he called out “EDM” as “Event-driven marketing?” Well, he had. But yet, there was the lineup with his name on it. Oh you. Deadmau5. You’re so random.
Perhaps ironically, mau5 was billed with a live set for the two-weekend extravaganza, leaving David Guetta and Tiësto to the DJ sets and joining the ranks of Crystal Castles and Yeasayer. Whatever Ultra meant by “live,” it’s unlikely the crowd that amassed in front of the cube gave a second of thought to the distinction: they just wanted to get lost in those big black ears, play-pushing or not. Come weekend two, I wanted to be right there with them.