And the awesome continues. (Who said April is the cruelest month? Oh, right: this guy.)
So anyway. Our long-awaited bpm:tv DANCE 2012 compilation CD hits the streets today, with a lineup that includes Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Martin Solveig & Dragonette, Nervo featuring Afrojack & Steve Aoki, Sak Noel … and many more, as they say on the television. Mixed, as always, by the estimable DJ Marky D.
You can find bpm:tv DANCE 2012 at Best Buy, HMV and Walmart, or BUY IT ONLINE.
INTERNATIONAL LOVE (CLINTON SPARKS & DISCO FRIES RADIO MIX) – PITBULL feat. CHRIS BROWN
BODY WORK (CLUB MIX EDIT) – MORGAN PAGE feat. TEGAN AND SARA
BIG IN JAPAN (DENZAL PARK REMIX) – MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE feat. IDOLING!!!
TURN THIS CLUB AROUND – R.I.O. feat. U-JEAN
PASO (THE NINI ANTHEM) – SAK NOEL
ANTIDOTE – SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA VS. KNIFE PARTY
MUTATE (ORIGINAL EDIT) – SIDNEY SAMSON & LIL JON
AURAL PSYNAPSE – DEADMAU5
WE’RE ALL NO ONE – NERVO feat. AFROJACK AND STEVE AOKI
LONELY TONIGHT (ORIGINAL ENGLISH RADIO EDIT) – HOLD UP
I COULD STAY (CHR REMIX) – KREESHA TURNER
MR. KNOW IT ALL (BILLIONAIRE REMIX) – KELLY CLARKSON
So Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone, leaving the inevitable post-holiday sense of letdown in their wake. To lift the spirits a little, here’s a look back at the Sweets of the Week anthems that made 2011 memorable.
Posted three weeks ago: VLSONN‘s beast of a tune. Cop the EP amigo!
This weekend showcased a once-in-a-lifetime concert event. The Meowingtons Hax show at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday night was a marvelous display of visuals and sound. The minute you walked into the stadium, you could feel the energy and the good vibes. It was a concert for the fans in every sense of the word, and I can honestly say with conviction that the majority of mau5 heads that went had an amazing time.
JFK and Crystal Castles put on perfect opening acts, getting the crowd’s energy up and keeping it there. They knew the show wasn’t about them and didn’t try to force it. Instead, they played tracks to keep everyone at the 128 bpm rate and just hammered through it. (I wasn’t able to make it before Crystal Castles so I’m not able to comment on the other acts, but if they mirrored these 4 artists then they played it perfectly.)
On to the main event, which felt just like that. An absolute eye orgasm once you walked past the curtains and into the 100 section. Thousands and thousands of glow-in-the-dark mau5 ears gave it an Avatar-world feel. I stood there for five minutes taking it in, and heard at least 20 people walk in for their first time and say “Hoooly S**t!”
The performance by Deadmau5 left nothing to desire. I was on the floor taking it in, along with tens of thousands of other, and I promise you: I have never heard a sound system create better audio quality. It was like Bose speakers were on either side of me wherever I walked. That kind of attention to detail is what makes the Mau5 the world-class artist he is.
I won’t really dive into the songs, because the whole thing was live streamed at Deadmau5 LIVE, and I suspect they’ll rebroadcast the performance for those who couldn’t make it, so you’ll be able to see for yourself. But there was one moment I absolutely loved. At the end of “To Play Us Out” he threw on the classic Bill O’Reilly freak-out, which sounded hilarious and epic at the same time.
Back to the music. The tracks were absolutely special all night. He played his brand new cut “Aural Psynapse,” which was great, because you could see the audience responding to something most of them had never heard. The song is so chill and awesome, and the performance really captured that.
But the song of the night, in my opinion, was “HR 8938 Cephei.” The light show that accompanied this track was absolutely incredible. I saw a girl crying beside me when it was on. I asked her if she was feeling all right, in case she might have had too many; she simply looked up and said “It’s just so beautiful.” I couldn’t blame her. It was an absolutely eyegasm experience.
To be frank, the show was just that: a show! I remember once asking my cousin who he would most like to see live. This guy was the king of music to me when I was growing up — he knew everything that was cool in the rock and hip-hop world. And he said to me: Garth Brooks. I laughed and looked back at him. “What, are you crazy? How wack would that be? Why would you want to see him?’ He didn’t even flinch when he responded. “Because he puts on a great show.” Now I get it. Even if you don’t like EDM, a Deadmau5 show should be on your bucket list — because it’s more than a concert, it’s an experience.
I also have a special treat. Since this was his last show of the tour, I think it’s fair to post the set list, just in case there was a track you didn’t recognize. Also follow me on Twitter or Facebook. I would love to hear all your reactions to the event!
A proper Monday mash (with new tunes) will be posted tomorrow.