Off the forthcoming We Are Friends Volume II EP, mau5trap stand-out Eekkoo’s “Lekture” represents the very best from Joel Zimmerman’s forward-thinking label. The first artist deadmau5 followed on Soundcloud, Eekkoo’s style mimics that of his outspoken mentor, a style that focuses less on easily-palpable gimmicks and instead designs intricate and attentive electronic soundscapes. A strange journey through an assembly-line of mechanical hisses, clicks and pops, Eekkoo’s latest establishes a familiar mau5-y feel with his own unique touches.
Canadian mau5trap signed artist Eekkoo has forged together a minimix based on the sounds of deadmau5, James Njie, Kario Kingdom and more. Eekkoo’s own new single “Lekture” is also included which is featured on upcoming compilation album “We Are Friends Vol.2” due out November 12th in a new partnership between mau5trap and Astralwerks. Eekkoo was personally discovered by deadmau5 and signed directly to mau5trap, an impressive accomplishment for any rising star within this genre and a sure sign we can expect great things to come.
WHAT!? Deadmau5 in the headlines!? What now!? Oh, it’s a song release – thank goodness. While we take a break from any trollmau5 controversy, it’s always nice to bask in the amount of ear candy Joel has delivered in 2013. After continually teasing his fan base by binge-posting chains of studio progress on his SoundCloud, one free download in particular had grabbed attention earlier this summer. “Suckfest9001” embodies Deadmau5’s iconic sound, with head-bobbing rhythmic distortion and beautifully embellished melodic breaks. The public’s reaction was in favor of the consistent “mau5” sound and a release was in order. “Suckfest9001” is available by itself and on Mau5trap’s “We Are Friends” Vol. 2 compilation series. After a shaky breakup with Ultra Records earlier this year, the Mau5 has partnered with Astralwerks, who have reached an understanding with Joel’s goals in mind. When the Mau5 is happy, we’re all happy… or at least not cringing at his next tweet.
“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.
In one of the best collaborations in recent electronic music history, Kaskade and deadmau5 created “I Remember” in September 2008, following their previous collab “Move for Me.” Using Joel’s hypnotic trance-like rhythm paired with Ryan’s perfected technique of manipulating a female vocal, the song went on to achieve number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, it also appeared in GoldenEye 007 and DJ Hero 2. I think we can all agree we would love to see another collaboration between the two.
After splitting from Stupid Fresh in 2009, Chris Elliott assumed the new moniker Nom De Strip, developing his new persona and style into a sound that was hard to define. Rather than pigeonhole himself to one specific genre, Nom De Strip represents a more experimental and grassroots approach to electronic music – one that has seen the producer’s sound touch on everything from electro to disco. On his latest EP, Clouds Volume 2, Chris taps into his electro backbone to deliver three high-octane productions that are as unrelenting as they are gritty. “Techno Saturday” is punctuated by a Dutch breakdown, tactfully meshing together electro groans and techno-fueled percussion. On “Seesaw” Acid house reigns king, utilizing a barrage of 808s and ghastly synthesizers to push the track into overdrive. The most party-friendly track on the EP, “Tyhita” refuses to take any prisoners, featuring a shuffling bass line and thunderous kicks that are complimented by a peak hour vocal line encased in a fury of electro house punches.
After creating the definitive remix of deadmau5′s “The Veldt,” Tommy Trash once again gets his fingers caught in the mau5trap, returning to the imprint for a remix package of “Monkey See Monkey Do.” This time around Tommy’s brought some friends along, handing the track over to Tom Staar, Nom De Strip and Zero Hero for remix duties. Tommy’s re-edit turns the original up to 11, pushing the track into overdrive with his signature grunge-flavored style while Tom Staar takes the track a bit deeper with the inclusion of tribal drums and cascading white noise. Nom De Strip open up the throttle with a teeth-clenching breakdown while Zero Hero drops the hammer with heavy-hitting dubstep and electro .
The entire package will be released on March 4th via mau5trap.
After weeks of submissions and over 1,000 tracks received, mau5trap has finally announced the top ten finalists for their We Are Friends Vol 2 compilation. On March 11th, the mau5 himself will hand select one lucky finalist whose track will be featured alongside mau5trap favorites on the forthcoming release. The 10 submissions are all-strikingly unique but play nicely with mau5trap’s already established aesthetic. Gritty takes on electro, progressive and dubstep are all present on the comp – presenting a difficult decision on which track is deserving of top honors.
Clearly writing songs about robots wasn’t enough for John Gooch, known to the masses as Feed Me. The multi-talented mau5trap artist today unveiled the latest video tracking the construction of his mysterious Project Feed Me robot. Modeled after the green monster mascot he designed, the project is the latest example of Gooch bringing his twisted artistry to life. Already capable of toothy grins and menacing squints, it’s a wonder anyone felt comfortable giving this thing opposable thumbs. Catch his previous two videos to see its progress after the break.
Last year mau5trap introduced the ‘We Are Friends’ compilation, a collection of tracks from friends of the label that was well-received by fans and the industry alike. This time mau5trap is opening it up, allowing one lucky producer to have their track featured on the compilation alongside some of the biggest names in dance music. Starting today, aspiring producers are urged to submit their original productions via Soundcloud to mau5trap for thorough investigation.
The competition closes on February 15th and on February 22nd the top 10 finalists will be selected by mau5trap based on production quality, label suitability and potential artist development. On March 11th, deadmau5 himself will announce the grand prize winner who will go on to have their production featured on the mau5trap compilation, receive full social media support from mau5trap, and then sit down for an interview with Dancing Astronaut.