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Friday, February 1, 2008

83 Days 'til Coachella - Deadmau5

Mmmmm damn, I love electronic music.

I'm just listening to Deadmau5, who are on the not-so coveted smallest-font line for Sunday. That means they could be up against a big headliner like Roger Waters, and that would be just fine with me.

Satisfaction is a groovy, sax riffed house track with just the right amount of electronic sass. Enough repetition to be hooky, but not enough to be annoying. This is the true hallmark of electronic music - does it make you want to dance but leave you wanting more? Yeah. Deadmau5 is some good stuff.

Satisfaction is from their 2005 offering, Get Scraped, which starts off with the Butthole Surfers 22 Going On 23 nod turned progressive breaks track The Oshawa Connection, which brings to mind Vegas-era Crystal Method stuff. But being from Canada, this guy Deadmau5 is anybody's guess, and happily so.

The next track, Intelstat, seats itself firmly and comfortably in the realm of pure (PLUR?) trance (tarnce), and unapologetically pumps through a steady kick/snare line and arpeggiated, flanged and delayed melody. Takes me right back to the turn of the century, and dammit, I'm glad someone is still making good music like this, complete with ethereal chanting, without resorting to crossing into the realm of cheesy hard house.

I remember meeting this one girl, it must have been four or five years ago... she told me that both she and her boyfriend spun records, and when I asked her about her style, she replied, "Hard trance," bopping and smiling like she'd just named her favorite My Little Pony character.

Aah, these kids today. There will be some boppin' in the Sahara Tent when Deadmau5 take the stage. No word yet whether it will be a DJ set or a somewhat live performance, but it's amazing what you can do with computers these days, just ask DJ Peretz.

Oh wait, he uses a DAT. That's not quite a computer.

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