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Continuing last week’s theme of artists with unusual uses of punctuation or symbols in their names, producer Deadmau5 is kindly following suit, using a 5 in a manner not unlike that boy band of yesteryear, 5ive. Fortunately that’s where the comparison ends.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m relatively late to Deadmau5 fandom, but after seeing him provide the backing music for the ‘4D’ visual display that destroyed the Millbank Tower last year, I’ve become a disciple of sorts.

Last Monday saw the release of his new album, the lazily titled, ‘>album title goes here<‘. Now, I’m not an expert in progressive house, but I’ve given it a few listens over the course of the week and have more than enjoyed it. The first thing to say is that it’s a great work as album. By this I mean in the traditional sense. The way people listen to music has changed and although I’m certainly guilty of it, the ease of downloading individual tunes that you like for tuppence has led to death of the carefully constructed album. The sort that our forefathers would pull out of a cardboard sleeve, inhale the synthetic aroma, place lovingly on a rotating thing with a metal arm and listen to with a contented smile.

Being of the Compact Disc generation myself, there was still something exciting about buying a physical specimen, if not only for the little booklet you could read whilst you listened to it before trying to put it back in those useless plastic semi circles that invariably snapped off no matter how careful you were.

So to get back to Mr Mau5 and his new record – definitely give the full thing a listen. It’s a great blend of Balearic chill building towards harder, thumping bass and beats which will shake the very foundations of your home. The album builds up to the heavy ‘Professional Griefers’ and down again, finishing with a couple of great tunes featuring Cypress Hill and Imogen Heap.

In summary >album title goes here< is an album, and should be listened as so. Start to finish. But if you’re after something to whet your appetite then here is the excellent The Veldt for your aural pleasure.

By Edward Lines

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