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Album Review

With a boost from Pete Tong's radio show, wunderkind Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) has made his presence felt in the progressive house scene. This 2009 mix album compiles previously released and unreleased tracks, sequenced and segued like one of Deadmau5's exciting live spots. The spare aggression of "FML" is a dramatic kickoff to a collection that demonstrates Zimmerman's skill in manipulating moods. A funereal organ theme runs through both the playful "Moar Ghosts n Stuff" and its powerful companion track, "Ghosts n Stuff" (featuring an angsty/sexy vocal from Pendulum's Rob Swire), exploring both ends of the life/death continuum, before sliding effortlessly into the celebratory "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside). "The 16th Hour" bubbles along on a manic riff — compelling if not inventive — until a quiet interlude prettily deconstructs and comments on the original motif. The gorgeous and restorative "Strobe" lets listeners/dancers down gently.

Customer Reviews


Exactly the same as the bonus version but a bit extended, and still amazing. Wonderful job Deadmau5!

Pretty good

Its pretty good. I thought his last CD was better. Also live in person Mau5 is UNTOUCHABLE!!! The 1st 3 tracks on this cd are probably my favorite. The drop in FML is one of the best in recent memories I can think of on a song. However after the 1st few it changes direction IMO and gets slower. Not bad by any means but I was super pumped after I started and then it kind of lets you slide back in your seat after making you want to dance and fist pump! Worth the download but check out some of his more recent live mixes and you'll really see him shine!

Flipping Sweet

By far the best song on the album is Strobe. Start to finish great!


Born: January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born Joel Zimmerman on January 5, 1981, masked EDM hitmaker and celebrity DJ Deadmau5 rose to prominence when his track "Faxing Berlin" found its way onto the playlist of legendary DJ/producer Pete Tong's radio show. Deadmau5 soon became an important figure in the world of progressive house music, with his songs appearing on more than 15 compilations (including In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 6: Ibiza). A native of Toronto, Canada, he released his work through his own label, Mau5trap Recordings, and...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Electronic, House, Techno
  • Released: Oct 20, 2009

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