deadmau5‘s fourth studio album, > album title goes here <, is now available. Upon its release yesterday (September 25), the album made its debut at #1 on iTunes Dance chart and at #4 oniTunes Overall Album chart.
On > album title goes here <, “Professional Griefers” sees deadmau5 team up with My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way for a rousing, stadium-sized anthem fueled by propulsive production and a skittering hook. Think Queen siphoned through an underground club and you’re only halfway there.
Then there’s a hypnotic homage to Ray Bradbury on the shimmering, 8-minute-plus dreamscape “The Veldt” featuring Chris James. “Take care of the proper paperwork” guts a gritty guitar track into a haunting dance movement, while “Failbait” yields cybernetic rap with Cypress Hill terminating their verses on sight. Everything culminates on the ethereal bliss of “Telecommunications,” a collaboration with one of the world’s most intriguing voices Imogen Heap.
Already in the press deadmau5 is garnering admiring reviews:
“Outspoken EDM iconoclast continues to march to his own pulsing beat. He builds bridges to rock and rap with name guests while drawing from science-fiction past with tracks inspired by Ray Bradbury and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
-Brian Mansfield, USA Today, 9/25/12
“In lead single ‘Professional Griefers’ the Canadian DJ/producer (born Joel Zimmerman) recruits My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way for a stomping disco-punk jam, while ‘Failbait’ features radio-ready rhymes from Cypress Hill. Elsewhere, Imogen Heap threads ‘Telemiscommunications’ with a delicate vocal melody sure to appeal to fans of her own ‘Hide and Seek.””
-Mikael Wood, Billboard, 9/17/12
“The third single, ‘Professional Griefers,’ featuring the vocal stylings of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is probably the most accessible song Joel Zimmerman’s ever produced, which can generally be said about the entire album as well. Zimmerman mixed in his lengthy instrumental electro pieces perfectly with tracks featuring vocals by Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill, which bodes well for fans of the producer and listeners who are new to this Canadian electro superstar. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t ‘Superliminal,’ one of the best intro songs of the year; the super-retro deadmau5 tune ‘Maths’; or ‘Telemiscommunications,’ which ended the album with Imogen Heap, that impressed us, it was the song ‘Closer,’ which made us realize that even if a song starts out as a two-minute Close Encounters of The Third Kind homage, this guy can make it sound incredible…with this latest album, it’s clear that it takes more than just twiddling a few knobs to master the art form of electro music.”
-Vanessa Butler, Playboy.com 9/25/12
“Fans were able to watch the album’s progression through SoundCloud previews along the way — and while it takes away the element of surprise for many, it also provides a unique and rare glimpse into both the process of a technical genius and his final product.”
– Amanda Claudio, Dancing Astronaut, 9/25/12
“>album title goes here< is restrained but beautiful, diverse yet consistent, simple to the untrained ear but sophisticated to those who take the time to actually listen.”
-Sidney Shaw, LessThan3, 9/25/12
The track listing for deadmau5’s > album title goes here < is:
02. Channel 42 (deadmau5 + Wolfgang Gartner)
03. The Veldt (feat. Chris James) [8 minute edit]
04. Fn Pig
05. Professional Griefers (feat. Gerard Way)
07. There might be coffee
08. Take care of the proper paperwork
12. Failbait (feat. Cypress Hill)
13. Telemiscommunications (deadmau5 + Imogen Heap)