On December 2, deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music, will unleash his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as ‘w drive 2016 album’) as his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. Today, the pre-order officially launches with the release of “Let Go” featuring Grabbitz.
The album is a mix of material written over the last few years. “Let Go”– one of the album’s centerpiece selections–features moody atmospheric vocals from Grabbitz. After it was originally released as the instrumental “Silent Picture,” the indie vocalist/song-writer created a bootleg vocal for the track, renaming it “Blood For The Bloodgoat.” Today it stands revised as the album-worthy “Let Go.”
Elsewhere on W:/2016ALBUM/ is a myriad of deadmau5’s original electronic compositions including “Cat Thruster,” “2448” (written as the new anthem for Canadian hockey outfit, the Toronto Maple Leafs), the rising techno of the superb “Imaginary Friends”–inspired by deadmau5’s own love for gaming, specifically eSports–and the slow-building “No Problem,” a song whose quirky intro of bells and synths is reminiscent of Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building In There.”
That the album can go from atmospheric to techno to old-school synths is reflective of where deadmau5 is right now musically.
His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts almost 15 million over his combined social media channels. Earlier this year deadmau5 leaped into the virtual reality realm with Absolut and released a massive sample catalogue with Splice while performing major festival plays throughout the world. Look for his new album W:/2016ALBUM/ and more exciting things to come from deadmau5 soon.