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New Deadmau5 Album

October 21st, 2009 by Pj


Emerging from the progressive house underground to become a chart contender, Toronto based deadmau5, AKA Joel Zimmerman, is both critically lauded and able to court serious attention from the mainstream.

His original and eclectic style has led to him becoming one of the biggest electronic artists in the world; even garnering a Grammy nomination.

For Lack Of A Better Name is the follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Random Album Title, and features collaborations with MC Flipside and Pendulum’s Rob Swire. Its is a mix album, and according to his website, “this isn’t his Artist album (that’s still in mau5 lab), this is more a collection of random works that he’s produced individually. A few have been out previously, but there are some new surprises in there as well. The tracks will be segued together, so in a way reflect his current live show.”

Unlike many single-artist albums of its ilk, For Lack of a Better Name does well to not run out of steam, and keeps its audience guessing by flitting from aggressive beats and synthesizer drones to upbeat, almost samba-styled compositions.  The beats are BIG; the bass intense; the musical ideas, though hardly original, are none-the-less intelligent.  None more so than opening track FML which sets the bar pretty high  in energy and complexity.  It is a demonically raucous percussive composition whose interlacing sections generate visceral excitement and electricity.  Music for a house party in Hell!

Soma is the one track where the pedal’s lifted, and the incessant pulverising of one’s grey matter ceases for a few minutes. While fairly frantic of microbe-tiny beats, its fidgety core is surrounded on both sides by some pleasantly plaintive piano introspection. The title track ups the cheese factor to nostalgic highs, sounding like it could have been lifted straight from Pacha’s Ibiza dance floor circa 1996 and would doubtless come even more alive after a few pints of strong lager and a kebab.

So ultimately Deadmau5 has succeeded in making a very unique album of consistently high standards. It is undeniably him throughout, it doesn’t really get boring and there are some moments of truly epic electro/trance.

Welcome to the year of the Mau5.


  1. FML
  2. Moar Ghosts n Stuff
  3. Ghosts n Stuff (featuring Rob Swire)
  4. Hi Friend! (featuring MC Flipside)
  5. Bot
  6. Word Problems
  7. Soma
  8. Lack of a Better Name
  9. The 16th Hour
  10. Strobe


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