Deadmau5‘s “Ghosts N Stuff” is iconic. For many of today’s electronic music fans, the 2009 song still brings waves of nostalgia from their early days getting into the dance music scene. Over the years since its release, “Ghosts N Stuff” has undergone remix treatments across all genres — but none quite like this new one from Matroda. With pounding bass, dramatic violins and a gutsy variety of beats, Matroda’s remix revives the beloved track and gives it a life of its own. The track is the final installment in Matroda’s “Trilogy of Bass” series, which has previously included a remix of his own track, “On My Mind,” and a flip of Flux Pavilion‘s “Bass Cannon.”
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
Habstrakt is always at the forefront of bass house music. The French producer’s sound is consistently fresh and invigorating, and his latest piece of work is no exception. His remix of Zomboy‘s “Saints and Sinners” has two aspects to it: a haunting, mellow trap introduction and a ferocious bass house drop and chorus. I was hooked on this one from the first listen, as it perfectly showcases his production talents and has a merciless, driving beat.
“In light of recent of events, we’d like to focus on an idea: the simple notion that if we as a global community want to see change in the world, we have to be the change… Only we can make the difference and inspire people to follow.” With a simple SoundCloud description, Young Bombs set the perfect tone for their Paperwhite remix. Their rework of “Only Us” is beautifully hopeful, interspersed with playful vocal chops and tinkling synths. It’s simple and optimistic — perfect for kicking off the weekend.
Deadmau5‘s “Ghosts N Stuff” is iconic. For many of today’s electronic music fans, the 2009 song still brings waves of nostalgia from their early days getting into the dance music scene, myself included. Over the years since its release, “Ghosts N Stuff” has undergone remix treatments across all genres — but none quite like this new one from Matroda. With pounding bass, dramatic violins and a gutsy variety of beats, Matroda’s remix revives the beloved track and gives it a life of its own.
Since their unique twist on Oliver Nelson‘s “Found Your Love” nearly two years ago, I’ve kept an ear on Kill Them With Colour‘s releases. Their latest, a remix of Sam Bruno‘s “Hello Hater,” softens the original’s bouncing, pop-saturated feel into an easygoing, future bass-influenced rework. Carefree synths float breezily throughout the remix, as do Bruno’s sassy lyrics.
There’s not much better than a catchy house track with an infectious melody. ArtPlay and Jasted have composed just such a tune with “Hold On.” They use heartfelt lyrics, a dramatic background piano and a memorable synth melody to form their inaugural piece of collaborative work, and the result is impressive. With a classic house feel, these Russian producers have hit the nail on the head with “Hold On.”
Pressing “play” on a Rinzen production can be equated to stepping into a different universe. From the first hit of percussion to the closing note, the LA-based artist effortlessly lures listeners into his domain and traps them there with distinctively brooding, cinematic soundscapes.
Creative to his core, Rinzen’s purpose as an artist is to venture beyond the realm of dance music. “From an early stage of the project, I realized I wanted to create entire worlds with my tracks. Almost like building a landscape or environment and then telling a story within it,” he explains. Furthermore, his overarching vision involves creating these worlds with a mélange of mediums combined into a single plane.
“I think there are enough artists making purely club music out there — and there’s nothing wrong with that. I see Rinzen as my opportunity to try and make something different: to integrate all my interests such as writing, poetry, film, and music into one creative pursuit.”
Forbidden City marks the first step toward manifesting his artistic purpose. Landing on Mau5trap, the trilogy tells a hero’s tale discovering a secret temple and facing multiple trials within, “the conquering of which leads to a new sense of self-knowledge.”
It begins with its title track, which courses through beds of dramatic, sweeping orchestral elements and a distinctive bass-line. A sense of longing takes over the beginning, before the track picks up pace to become bolder and adventurous in nature. Indeed, it is entrance to the “Forbidden City.”
“The title track best exemplifies the overall tone of the EP. It hints at feelings of awe and reverence, yet also features more ominous undertones.”
“Belly of the Beast” brings forth the next chapter of the saga, where the listener, or protagonist, faces their true test. Tension fills the air as roaring synthesizers belt out a menacing melody that is pierced by flutters of keyboard and crisp high hats. If there’s one thing Rinzen does well, it’s certainly conveying a message by clever sonic manipulation.
Finally, Forbidden City closes with the powerful “Triumph of the Human Spirit.” The “beast” has been conquered, and victory is communicated by way of pungent kicks and a soaring breakdown. Yet, a sense of darkness lingers within the piece’s confines, signifying with stark cello accents that the protagonist will never forget what they overcame.
“Triumph of the Human Spirit” was interestingly enough a triumph for Rinzen himself. He explains how it was the toughest track he had to wrangle with on the EP, and that “it took a marathon 50-hour struggle (over the course of a few days) to complete it.” The finished product ties Forbidden City up in a tidy fashion.
“I’m hugely inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey,’ which is basically the concept that there is one singular narrative which all our stories and myths are telling. I wanted the tracks, and the track order, to follow this framework.”
Despite the closure of one chapter, however, this is merely the beginning of Rinzen’s story. “If all goes according to plan, he says, “these worlds that I’m creating will just get bigger and bigger. Eventually, I plan to bring these worlds on tour and accompany them with film.”
May his own hero’s journey bring success and enlightenment.
Photo credit: Michael Drummond
If we’re not mistaken, Rinzen means “sudden awakening.” What are some awakenings you’ve gone through as an artist? From an early stage of the project, I realized I wanted to create entire worlds with my tracks. Almost like building a landscape or environment and then telling a story within it.
I think there are enough artists making purely club music out there — and there’s nothing wrong with that. I see Rinzen as my opportunity to try and make something different: to integrate all my interests such as writing, poetry, film, and music into one creative pursuit.
Give us the background story/inspiration behind each song on your Forbidden City EP. Also, get into why you grouped these songs in the way that you did. Is there an overarching story you’re looking to communicate? “Belly of the Beast” was the first song I ever wrote on my Moog. I finished it right after travelling in Japan, with the beautiful, mystic scenery of Kyoto fresh in my mind.
“Forbidden City,” the title track, best exemplifies the overall tone of the EP. It hints at feelings of awe and reverence, yet also features more ominous undertones.
I wanted a big climactic finish to the EP, and thus “Triumph of the Human Spirit” came about. It was the hardest track to finish. It took a marathon 50-hour struggle (over the course of a few days) to complete it.
I’m hugely inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey,’ which is basically the concept that there is one singular narrative which all our stories and myths are telling. I wanted the tracks, and the track order, to follow this framework. It’s the idea of being pulled out of your ordinary reality into the unknown and facing a series of trials — the conquering of which leads to a new sense of self-knowledge.
How do you go about choosing names for songs? I’m very specific about song names, and try to attach them to a concept portrayed by the track. Most of my track names come about from concepts I’ve read about in either fiction or philosophy texts.
You used heavy orchestral elements to help convey emotions in your EP. What draws you to such classical sounds in particular? There’s something really timeless and enduring about classical music. I find myself listening to it more and more these days. I wanted to incorporate a bit of that influence into the EP. I see it as something that will only become more prominent in my music throughout the years.
Any last thoughts/things you want to say about this EP? Ultimately, the EP is just the first step in my vision. If all goes according to plan, these worlds that I’m creating will just get bigger and bigger. Eventually, I plan to bring these worlds on tour and accompany them with film. Forbidden City is only the beginning.
Back in August, one Rick and Morty fan spent roughly $15,000 on a 3.5 gallon bottle of McDonald’s elusive Szechuan sauce. Later on we find out that deadmau5 was the Rick and Morty fan. After getting back from his honeymoon, deadmau5 planned down the sauce after getting back from his honeymoon. Deadmau5 was caught off
From his two-part tour,marrying his fiancé, and revealing the latest multi-million dollar version of his legendary stage cube structure, Joel Zimmerman has had a busy year. Better recognized by his stage name, deadmau5, the Canadian producer has just embarked on the second leg of his Lots of Shows in a Row (Part 2) tour, playing his first show in Windsor, closest to the Detroit border.
With unexpected obstacles in the way before his hometown show on the horizon, Zimmerman was forced to cancel his Toronto show, the second of the tour.
Due to unforeseen production limitations at the venue, we have been forced to cancel the Deadmau5 show in Toronto on October 8th. As this is a home town show for Deadmau5, it is of paramount importance that all necessary production details are fully vetted in order to deliver the full effect of the Cube show. However, it has been determined by our production team that we will be limited from being able to put on the show properly. Deadmau5 fully intends to return to Toronto in the near future to present this show as it was meant to be seen.
Met with disappointment by fans from across the province, Zimmerman was quick to figure out a solution and plans to return for a show under his techno alias, TESTPILOT. Accompanied by mau5trap artist Attlas for this one-of-a-kind occasion, Torontonians are in for a treat with the rarity of techmau5, and the promise of deadmau5 returning for a full-fledged affair in the near future.
Fuck that shit. I’m headed home to bed. I owe toronto the AP goodness coz they got fucked on the cancellation. Next time, I promise. https://t.co/f19ucZxInG
Just in time for the Halloween season, deadmau5 has announced a collaboration with clothing line Blackcraft Cult. The collection, consisting of a poster, hoodie and t-shirt featuring an ear-bitten, and a pentagram-crowned mau5. The SoCal-based clothing company specializes in heavy metal and industrial-themed streetwear, furniture and accessories. Past collaborations included Ink Master Champion Ryan
Ah September. The leaves begin to change, school gets kicked into full swing, and everyone’s favorite season, festival season, comes to a sad close. Artists begin their fall tours and release massive amounts of singles, mixes and EPs. Plus your typical EDM news drama; twitter beefs, bad PR; you know the deal. Just for you,
Kaskade is responsible for some of the greatest house songs of all time. Room for Happiness, Turn It Down, 4am, Angel On My Shoulder, Eyes, this list could fill the entire page. The iconic producer has also worked with the biggest names in music. Names like Deadmau5, Skrillex, again that list could fill a page
Record scratch: Deadmau5 has confirmed he is currently working on a new album. Producer Joel Zimmerman revealed the news on Twitter in response to a fan’s inquiry regarding a follow up to last year’s W:/2016ALBUM.
@deadmau5 just enjoying W:/2016ALBUM/ have to ask,is there a new one in the works? Ready for some more great tunes. #moarmau5