8 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mau5heads have waited nearly a decade for their king to reunite with Rob Swire, the Pendulum frontman and featured vocalist on 2009's “Ghosts ’n’ Stuff,” arguably deadmau5’s best-known song. Here, the two present “Monophobia,” a melodic trance odyssey that meditates on loneliness, with remixes from artists in the mau5trap family. Miami duo GTA shake things up with “Something Like,” a texture bomb that pings like the inside of a pinball machine, and Getter explores cinematic R&B on “All Is Lost.” As usual, though, the project’s highlight is deadmau5’s lone instrumental, the elegant “Nyquist,” which fuses abstract drills, clicks, and rhythmic snaps with the warm touch of a piano.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mau5heads have waited nearly a decade for their king to reunite with Rob Swire, the Pendulum frontman and featured vocalist on 2009's “Ghosts ’n’ Stuff,” arguably deadmau5’s best-known song. Here, the two present “Monophobia,” a melodic trance odyssey that meditates on loneliness, with remixes from artists in the mau5trap family. Miami duo GTA shake things up with “Something Like,” a texture bomb that pings like the inside of a pinball machine, and Getter explores cinematic R&B on “All Is Lost.” As usual, though, the project’s highlight is deadmau5’s lone instrumental, the elegant “Nyquist,” which fuses abstract drills, clicks, and rhythmic snaps with the warm touch of a piano.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
58 Ratings
58 Ratings
DJ Manny K! ,

Ehh, been some time since heard anything new from Deadmau5

It's okay but would have expected something fresh and new but all it is is the same old sound and this short album lacks so much you wish that it was a full album. Glad to see him making a comeback but he needs to up his game.

ShadowRagz ,

Gnarly

As a longtime fan of the Mau5, I think Monophobia is by far going to be the best track he’s released in a LONG TIME!

Super excited for the extended version and the other notable tracks on this!

LEVEL UP!

d-Ro¢ ,

Level Up (music that is)

Joel - Ease off the video games and release some of the stuff that you’ve been having your interns pull off YouTube. Just sayin’ (Concerned fan - Diehard since 2008)

About deadmau5

deadmau5 is well-known as one of EDM’s most irascible figures: His rants are legendary, his feuds are legion, and he even pokes fun at himself in titles that double as wearily self-aware in-jokes (a 2018 collection of orchestral reworks of his music is called where’s the drop?). At the same time, the Toronto producer (born Joel Zimmerman in 1981) is responsible for some of the most sentimental EDM of the 21st century, draping wistful melodies and spine-tingling counterpoints over rock-steady progressive-house grooves. He got his start in the '90s, turning out lo-fi club tracks with rudimentary software, and by the mid-2000s, he’d parlayed his skills into a powerfully punchy take on electro-house, putting gargantuan synth sounds atop jacking drum-machine rhythms. But his 2008 album, Random Album Title, marked his first major breakthrough: The squelchy “Sometimes Things Get, Whatever” captured a newfound sense of fun, while the Kaskade collaboration “I Remember” took his melodic instincts to wistful new heights. With 2009’s For Lack of a Better Name, he just kept pushing outward—“Ghosts ’n’ Stuff,” featuring Pendulum’s Rob Swire, is a thrilling fusion of alt-rock and EDM—even as tracks like “Strobe” doubled down on his classically inspired melodic gifts. Since then, he’s gotten noisier (“Sofi Needs a Ladder”), flirted with dubstep (“Raise Your Weapon”), experimented with ambient (“Coelacanth I”) and techno (as Testpilot), dabbled in disco (“Cat Thruster”), and doled out more than his share of floor-fillers (“Imaginary Friends,” “4ware,” “Phantoms Can’t Hang”). Throughout it all, he’s remained one of electronic music's most reliable artists—a notoriously self-critical figure whose admitted neuroses further fuel his excellence.

HOMETOWN
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
GENRE
Dance
BORN
January 5, 1981

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