Release Date: Dec. 7
The Skinny: Deadmau5 came up the hard way, playing lean and mean for a few years while, incidentally, always dressed in a goofy mouse-head costume with giant ears. That's not quite so incongruous when applied to the world of dance-music that Deadmau5 haunts, but still, you have to hand it to a DJ/producer who picks an idea and sticks with it. Sound-wise, the Toronto native's production style favors a thick and anthemic brand of progressive house/electro with ample kick and drive, and "Some Chords," a single from 4X4=12, makes room for lots of analog-sounding grain.
Fast Fact: Woe to any prospective reviewer who tries to outdo this early notice for 4X4=12 gleaned from a video post on YouTube: "a Mau5sterpiece."
Deadmau5, "Some Chords"