Opening the show with Thomas Gold‘s new Axtone release ” I Remember,” Pete Tong is back playing his top selection of dance music hits from around the globe. Jacob Plant‘s “Can’t Hold Back,” deadmau5‘ “Suckfest 9001,” and The Chainsmokers remix of Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” help to open up the progressive section of the show. In addition Pete speaks of the festivities taking place at ADE and the abundance of new music that is about to hit the scene.
This week’s Essential Tune of the Week is Gotham’s “Requiem” replacing last week’s selection Alesso & Calvin Harris’ “Under Control.” Nic Fancuili takes this week’s Goodie Goodies showcasing his UK tech-house ear for talent while the legendary Paul Oakenfold is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame. Pete chooses Brooklyn’s deep house Walker & Royce as his Future Stars and ends the show with a Weekend Hot Mix featuring his own favorite selections from ADE.
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“I’ve been going hardcore on production. I’ve got six, seven, eight, nine, 10 songs.” – Deadmau5
Astralwerks and Deadmau5 have formed a strategic partnership in which the long-time label will serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor and label partner for Joel Zimmerman’s imprint, Mau5trap Recordings. The two-part agreement will announce that Deadmau5 is (still) a global label partner for Mau5trap, and now also an Astralwerks artist rostered in the U.S. Joel will still have creative control over Mau5trap, where he will still identify and develop new talent in succession of artists like Le Castle Vania, Feed Me, and Foreign Beggars. Mau5trap will still continue to operate out of their current headquarters in Toronto. Kicking off the partnership, Astralwerks will release Deadmau5′s highly anticipated release of We Are Friends Vol. 2 (which includes “Your Ad Here” and “Suckfest9001″) on November 12, 2013 with its pre-sale launching on October 22nd. You can find the entire “We Are Friends Vol.2″ tracklist after the break.
Deadmau5 is cooking up something big. Only time will tell just how big. While Zimmerman has never been afraid to shed insight into his production process, the last few days have been the equivalent of a golden ticket into his studio. After treating fans to plenty revisions of the loosely termed “Phantoms Can’t Hang,” Joel has finalized the arrangement for the track along with his darker new tune, “Avaritia.” Of the two, I found the latter to be a bit more enticing. The lead chords and bassline are pleasantly distorted, and the percussion is interesting and on point. It’s worth bearing in mind that all these uploads are by nature previews, and thus lack the kind of mixing and mastering that will ultimately set them apart from from inspired musings to polished, final productions.
Also of particular interest, Deadmau5 said of his recent uploads: “the real mindfuck is how these songs are going to go together on the album.. there’s a plan at work here.” Looks like we can expect another Random Album Title arrangement for deadmau5′s impending release.
Click past the break to check out Deadmau5′s latest work.
Deadmau5 has been on a serious roll as of late, posting clip after clip on his Soundcloud page. The new material is sounding intriguing already, even though it only comes in short pieces… for now. In listening sequentially to each idea, you can really start to see the steps in his creative process. Producers, pay attention, this is a legend at work.
After initially hearing rumors of a tour in July, which ended up being a two city Hardwell stint, Deadmau5 has officially been confirmed for a small Indian tour in March of 2014. The Canadian superstar producer will stop in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru over 3 consecutive days as part of the Sunburn Arena Tour. The shows will take place on March 14th, 15th, and 16th and Shailendra Singh (managing director of Percept LTD, the agency that owns Sunburn festival) describes the partnership as “beyond epic.” Looks like the tour takes place far enough in the future for Deadmau5 to master all the tracks he uploaded to his SoundCloud during the last two days.
View the tour dates after the break.
Yesterday Deadmau5 gave us new tunes for thought in his Nine Inch Nails-esque “Tesp” and “Silent Picture,” and brought out “Creep v2,” ostensibly a rework of 2012′s Spotify release “Creep.” It seems, however, that the release was not the finished product, and we awoke this morning to new presents under the f*ckmylife tree.
It’s more than taking a quick trip for a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee. Deadmau5 is turning what was once a simple routine into a streamed and documented journey, bringing friends for the ride and capturing insightful and entertaining conversation. From Pharrell Williams to Zedd, Joel’s given his musical friends a taste of cinnamon apple bagels and hot cups of coffee, but next to take the excursion is his lawyer, Dina LaPolt. While the latest coffee run episode doesn’t offer the artist-to-artist dialogue or inside tips to the music industry, Deadmau5′s conversation with his lawyer has him opening up and revealing another facet of his life beneath the mau5 head.
When Joel Zimmerman isn’t busy filming coffee runs or pontificating, he’s deep in his lair, spitting out track after semi-finished track. This time the man under the mau5 has released a rework of “Creep,” a song that has been floating around since at least 2009 but was given an almost unceremonious release as a Spotify-only bonus track with <Album Title Goes Here>. “Creep v2″ is shorter, stripped down, and less ominous than its predecessor, introducing a new “creepstep” beat over the melody. Apparently still inspired after retuning that oldie, three hours later the brand new “Tesp” went up, keeping in the melancholy vein but throwing in strummed guitar instead of slow piano. Coming in a 1:45, only time will tell if the creative exercise will blossom into its own track. As always, stay tuned for more mau5 – before we could even publish this “Silent Picture” was also added to the trove of new material.
Commentary on the state of EDM is beginning to get stale, but that hasn’t yet deterred Deadmau5 from weighing in. In this edition of Deadmau5 has an opinion, the always vocal Joel Zimmerman claims that the current state of EDM can be “summed up into three parts: product, art, and execution.” Deadmau5 believes that while some artists put all their eggs into one basket, the more successful ones are striking a balance between two or three of the parts. You can check out his thoughts in full — including his definition for each of three parts — below the jump.
Last week Deadmau5 took Pharrell Williams on a coffee run, a thirty-minute joy ride for a cup of joe packed with informative and entertaining conversation. If you enjoyed that ride, delve into Joel’s previous journeys and find his trip to Tim Hortons with Zedd. The comical history between the two artists can best be summed up by their Ultra appearance where Zedd crashed Deadmau5‘s Ultra set wearing nothing but a bow tie and undergarments. While on their coffee run, however, they reveal their relationship is deeper than such jokes. Tune in for a conversation between two of the genre’s greats.