Thursday, February 11, 2010

Review: Deadmau5, At Play Vol. 2

At Play Vol. 2

         Although I’m not normally one for techno or house music, when given the opportunity, I couldn’t help but take a peek at the newest work of Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, a critically acclaimed Canadian electro house producer who has taken the scene by storm in only a few short years. Entitled At Play Vol. 2: 10 full length DJ friendly tracks, this latest album is a full hour of rich, thumping bass and hypnotic synthesizer. Of the ten songs, two are done in collaboration with Billy Newton-Davis and not only feature well-chosen vocals but are some of the most captivating songs on the CD. Two others feature Melleefresh, and although they too stray pleasantly away the homogeneity in many of Deadmau5’s songs, the female vocals laid on top are both inharmonious and, in the case of “Sex Slave,” too vulgar to be taken seriously. Overall, I enjoyed At Play Vol. 2 very much, despite my untrained ears. Even if some of his songs to me seem too much alike, they still have the desired effect. The beats contained within this album are irresistibly catchy and entrancing. Whether raging beneath a strobe light or hanging out playing the latest Call of Duty, At Play Vol. 2 is just plain sexy music; a must-have for any diehard house fan’s repertoire. 
-- Andrew Rennie
Host, "Bangers and Mash," Sundays 8-10 AM on WGTB

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