Just weeks after debuting his new Cubev3 setup at Ultra Music Festival, deadmau5 has shared a brief recap for those who weren’t in the Miami crowd. In the three-minute video, he shows the work that went into setting up the impressive installation, starting with packing up the Cube in Toronto in February, along with snippets from sound-checking with Lights. Set to mau5ville: Level 2‘s “Drama Free,” the video drops with the chorus and shows an enthralled Ultra crowd going nuts to the new setup and Lights’ live performance of the song along with it.
deadmau5 is taking the monstrous setup on the road, making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and more this fall and in early 2020. Learn more and get tickets here.
In the wake of Valentine’s Day, some of you might have that sense that you’ve put yourself all in towards someone. Unfortunately, sometimes that feeling isn’t reflected back onto you. Together for the first time, Felix Cartal and Lights have channeled these feelings into their single, “Love Me”. The track delivers organic instrumental chords, indulgent
Emerging from a brief hiatus, deadmau5 has partnered with prolific animator and film director, Nick DenBoer, once again on the music video for “Drama Free” featuring the ever-talented Lights off the mau5ville: Level 2 project.
DenBoer worked on the producer’s previous music video “Monophobia” featuring Rob Swire, with the weirdness level of kooky, colorful creatures grooving to the beat of Joel Zimmerman’s house yielding a second hire. The new video takes on a different, off-the-wall narrative alongside familiar animation themes, accompanied by a cacophony of hands, a tentacle-like circulatory system, and squirmy ravers from deadmau5’s previous pool party, Lights commands center stage with cuts to the inner workings of DenBoer’s mind throughout the intentional chaos.
The mau5trap mastermind has had a productive-as-ever 2018, absolving himself from standard practices with his own creative liberties such as his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5ville: Level 1export. These last two music videos show a side of Zimmerman listeners shouldn’t be surprised to see; however, should still be surprised upon first, (and probably second and third) viewings.
If “Drama Free” is not the first words that come to mind when you think of Deadmau5, then you definitely have not listened to his latest track that is on repeat here at edmsauce. Disclaimer: I am a huuuuge fan of Lights who has been in the music scene for awhile, has serious talent. Her
2018 is certainly a good year to be a deadmau5 fan. After releasing his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5trap-focused project, mau5ville: Level 1, the production extraordinaire has put out the next iteration of the mau5ville series, mau5ville: Level 2.
Providing an array of originals and remixes, deadmau5 taps his mau5trap family and some special guests on this new project. He starts off with a feature from fellow Canadian vocalist, Lights, on “Drama Free.” The dark and pulsing track is then given the UK bassline treatment by longtime deadmau5 remixer Chris Lorenzo. Followed by the experimental downtempo piece, “10.8,” with Mr. Bill, deadmau5 shows the true diversity in his production skillset. With both mau5trap veteran Monstergetdown and newcomer Gallya partaking in collaborations and remixes to close out the project, mau5ville: Level 2 is a testament to the deadmau5’s ability to break new talent while providing solid releases from mau5trap’s current roster.
The track list and album art for the anticipated and surefiremau5ville: Level 2 has leaked. From the two stills, Level 2 looks to house an array of original and meticulous works, tweaked, and polished to mau5trap perfection.
From the images alone, as one would expect, there are many similarities to mau5ville: Level 1. The nine-track EP is again a family affair, featuring mau5trap-represented artists and deadmau5 friends. Monstergetdown holds a feature and a full remix of the reoccurring track “GG,” attuned to Level 1‘s reoccurring track, “Monophobia,” which was hit by label mates ATTLAS, Latroit, and Rinzen. Another remix of “GG” can be spotted on the track list by Gallya, whose dark techno beats are more in tune with deadmau5’s Testpilot moniker, so it could be speculated that deadmau5 is going for a darker feel with Level 2. However, this could be contrasted by Chris Lorenzo‘s presence, who very originally remixed a classic deadmau5 track, “Raise Your Weapon.” Lorenzo seems to have been brought on board to remix the perhaps most anticipated track “No Drama.”
“No Drama” features deadmau5’s fellow Canadian singer-songwriter, Lights. The track was briefly teased by the mau5 himself as he rendered an image on Twitch, much to commentators’ elation.
There’s a lot to take away and speculate from these two leaked stills, but when it comes to deadmau5’s influence, commitment, and creativity, there’s always so much there.
Deadmau5 has been on a rampage of hard work this year. Just this year, he has released “Monophobia” with Rob Swire, released part 1 of mau5ville, his first EP on his record label and is already teasing part 2. Twitter seems to be the go-to place these days when announcing new songs and news in general. Deadmau5
Quickly following up on the recently release of his eight-track compilation album, mau5ville: level 1, deadmau5 just teased more good news, announcing an upcoming collaboration with indie-pop phenomenon and fellow Canadian, Lights. The Skin & Earth vocalist has racked up hundreds of millions of plays over the course of a storied career, with a rap sheet that boasts LPs, comic books, acoustic work and more. Hot off the heels of some fan praise on the acclaimed Rob Swire collaboration “Monophobia,” deadmau5 had this to offer.
It is unclear if the new joint effort with Lights will come as a one-off, or a single from the mau5’s newly announced level 2 follow up, which he will begin teasing via his Twitch account. For now, the waiting game begins on the new Lights collaboration, though luckily, we have a full compilation of new work that still very much has our attention captured.
Fur Coat are proven masters in manipulating sound to fit their brooding, melodic aesthetic. After a successful run thus far in which the Venezuelan outfit landed on the likes of Last Night On Earth, Crosstown Rebels, and more, they found themselves tapped by Suara player Bastian Bux to fashion a re-work of his new A-side, “Lights.”
Bux laid an excellent foudation of sinister mysticism on his original, which is enhanced by the vocals of Kyla Millette, but Fur Coat took things to the next level. Their rendition immediately anchors those listening with eerie, drawn out notes and punchy kicks. Millette’s vocals fit equally well when dressed in darkness, one finds, as her voice wraps around the piece’s instrumental layers to create a hair-raising effect.
Chilling to its core, “Lights (Fur Coat Remix)” exemplifies why the duo have such a strong hold over the dance community despite their brief time in the spotlight.