Mr. Joel Zimmerman may now be absent from Twitter, but thankfully he’s still active as ever on SoundCloud. A musically focused Deadmau5 released a series of short, moody tracks under the umbrella title 7, each named after one of the deadly sins. He’s appropriately overindulged in the third representing “Gula,” Latin for gluttony. Expanding on the original’s piano progression, Joel uploaded two new sounds, one sharing the same title and the second named “777.”
The newer “Gula” introduces percussion that features a grooving kick pattern, ditching the house-typical 4/4 count. When least expect it, the blast of a cloudy, reverb-heavy bass note hits your eardrums. “777” begins similarly, but with a distant clicking beat hiding in the background. This 13-minute expansion breaks for a squeaky lead melody in the ominous breakdown, which makes way for a progressive harmony back into the downbeat. Joel has voiced his interest in creating a sense of story-telling in his compositions, and this series of progress gives us a nice taste of what to expect.
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.
Always a couple fit for public displays of affection, Kat von D and Deadmau5 have shared a bit of their Valentine’s Day celebration to the Internet. Deadmau5 uploaded to his Soundcloud a track his fiancée and friend Danny Lohner sang and produced for him yesterday saying it was “truly the best gift [he's] ever received.” The song, entitled “LUVnSTUFF,” is a bit of a mashup of Joel’s own “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” — plus lots of strings and a beautiful dark vocal performance from Kat. Check it out below.
Astronauts, it’s finally here. The Essential Mix that will launch you straight out of this universe into the heavens of the Prydasphere. We haven’t heard an Essential Mix from our #1 artist of 2012 since a live recording of his 2011 Creamfields set. On the first of February, 2013, however, Eric Prydz has returned to Pete Tong’s weekly airing with an extra special two-hour selection that set the dance music community into a frenzy (and even started a nationwide trend on Twitter).
With 14 unreleased Pryda records, exclusive material from understudy Jeremy Olander, and even darker Cirez D tracks, Prydz has made his case for Essential Mix of the year only one month into 2013. Since there are no words in the English language that can describe the magic which unfolds before us, we must describe it in Swedish – Pryda – to beautify. Enjoy.
Dylan Farella contributed to this report.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.
We at Dancing Astronaut can recognize that one of the only things better than enjoying dance music is creating it yourselves. To recognize the countless aspiring producers and remixers who have reached out to us, we have decided to host our first-ever demo competition.
Keep reading to find out how you can have your original submission featured alongside tracks from some of the biggest names in electronic music!
UPDATE: After much discussion we have agreed with many of our readers that the contest winner should not be determined solely by number of Facebook likes. While Facebook likes will still be used to determine finalists, a committee of Dancing Astronaut staff will select a winner based on originality, potential and production quality.
There’s just no stopping Deadmau5 when he hits the studio, and there is really no stopping him when he brings his work to SoundCloud. Known to treat fans to productions fresh from his hard drive, the mau5 offers up his latest effort “There Might Be Coffee.” Claiming the track still needs work, and has yet to be mastered, the man himself is confident enough to give away his work in progress. Enjoy the latest Deadmau5 track and expect it to return even bigger once complete — after all, this is also how “The Veldt” was born.
Update: Deadmau5 has uploaded a new mix to his SoundCloud page, this time sans free download functions. As he Tweeted, “Coffee’s Ready!”
A low point at this years EDC Las Vegas was Mat Zo’s absence at Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy stage. Hours of bumper to bumper traffic plagued day one forcing Zo to miss his set. In hopes of alleviating distraught fans pain, his next live show was recorded and uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Read past the break for our take on his set and a full track list. (more…)
Joel Zimmerman AKA Deadmau5 was one of the first electronic artists to hit it big in the mainstream, but is now the poster boy for going against the grain. While most DJs spent Miami Music Week busy with non-stop with shows, Deadmau5 spent his time at ‘mau5hax,’ a day-long interactive studio session. While touring, for most artists, is heating up, Deadmau5 seems more comfortable than ever with his unofficial hiatus from the cube. While most producers follow the preview-and-release formula for their productions, Deadmau5 spontaneously uploads new tracks to SoundCloud (usually in the middle of the night) with no thought or desire to cash in.
The last time he posted a series of tracks to SoundCloud, only one made it to an official preview – “The Veldt.” Deadmau5 shows no signs of stopping as he has posted two new songs this week: “Rlyehs Lament,” is a simple and peaceful loop, the other, “Fn Pig,” is the complete opposite and contains the buildups and crashes that we love so much. Listen to his latest pieces of work below the jump.
Update: We can barely keep up with Deadmau5… He’s already uploaded another preview for “Closer Rev.2″ to his SoundCloud. Check it below.
Hard Rock Sofa has released their April 2012 podcast, which includes the biggest hits of the past month while fitting their progressive style. Bangers like Cedric Gervais’ “Molly” and Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Metropolis” are about as commercial as the podcast gets, since there’s also a selection of harder tracks including Tommy Trash’s remixes of “Pnau” and “Toulouse.” We were very pleased to see the brand new track from Dyro & Ansol, “Top Of The World,” which was debuted by Afrojack at Ultra.
If you have yet to be impressed by Hard Rock Sofa’s selection, fear not, as they’ve included the SHM bootleg of “Beating of My Heart” with “Sweet Disposition,” and they close out the set with their own combination of “Leave The World Behind” with “Atom.” The Russian duo has made a statement with their 80-minute April mix: they are here to stay. Full tracklist below.