Created in his own spitting image, the mythical Deadmau5 took his sweet time with his latest so-called release. After months of anticipation, Joel Zimmerman has finally released his newest form of mockery with “5 Years of Mau5” – a two-disc LP.
If that’s what you want to call it.
“5 Years of Mau5” may seem like another milestone mark for Joel, but take a closer look. The first disc features 10 original songs from the Mau5 himself – including “Ghosts ’n’ Stuff”, “Raise Your Weapon,” “Strobe,” “Some Chords,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder” and “The Veldt.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I am and always will be a huge fan of Deadmau5’s early work – including many of the songs from the first disc. “Strobe” may be my favorite song of all time – and not just electronic. “The Veldt” still makes me teary eyed every time I hear it.
Here’s the problem. While these hits all have stood the test of time, there’s NO reason why Deadmau5 should be releasing them for a second time. Joel has made multiple statements about his current role in the industry, stating that money has nothing to do with how he goes about creating music.
If that’s the case, Joel, then why did you release an entire disc filled with previous releases, instead of putting in the extra time and effort to rework or remake the highlights?
I’ll give you a hint: it starts with the letter ‘M’, and rhymes with honey.
While I couldn’t have been more upset with the distribution process of this double length album, it doesn’t come as a surprise. EDM producers have started to use this promotional concept to further record sales. It makes sense, but it doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.
While his lack of business ethics shines through on the first disc, the second at least sheds some light on where Joel thinks the scene is headed in the near future.
Zimmerman was very picky in choosing which artists would represent each quintessential Deadmau5 track, with some names on the track-list that we’ve never heard before — as well as several names we can’t get enough of.
“Some Chords” (Dillon Francis Remix)
Probably the most anticipated remix on the album, “Some Chords” by Dillon Francis made this entire album worth while. After Dillon previewed the song live at MDBP Dallas over the summer, the entire realm of EDM was chomping at the bit for a release date. The wait was well worth it.
“The Veldt” (Eric Prydz vs. Deadmau5 Remix)
When the original “The Veldt” came out, the Mau5 fandom almost broke the internet. While Eric Prydz may be one of my favorite electronic producers of all time, his rework with Joel just didn’t do the original justice. It really sounds like Eric and Joel just threw this one together as click-bait. It worked.
“Strobe” (Michael Woods Remix)
I will argue it until my last dying breath – “Strobe” is not only Deadmau5’s finest track, but one of the best songs ever produced on this green Earth. Therefore, you had to expect Joel to be careful with his baby, putting it in the worthy hands of Michael Woods. The first break at 2:00 has Woods written all over it – a progressive build up, a hollow breakdown, and an atmospheric rise. At 3:00, “Strobe” starts to shine through, and Woods uses a single chop during the crescendo to build the song to it’s climactic finish. The final drop hits as hard as the original, probably because it sounds just like the original. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Raise Your Weapon” (Wax Motif Remix)
Australian born Wax Motif was given the green light by Joel to rework “Raise Your Weapon”, and boy are we glad he did. Born as Danny Chien, Wax Motif’s unique production style and fresh mixing skills have kept this rising producer in high demand. His deep-house, electro version of the aforementioned original fits perfectly in the sequential cycling of the album, and it certainly has placed Chien at the forefront of upcoming electronic producers to keep an eye on.
“Sofi Needs A Ladder” (Pig & Dan Remix)
Whether or not Pig & Dan chose their name in reference to Deadmau5’s “Get in the Cart, Pig”, the pairing is as fitting as it is ironic. This is the first time we’ve heard the duo, and their remix of “Sofi Needs A Ladder” is right up Joel’s alley. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this up and coming duo working late nights at Deadmau5’s new complex in Ontario.