New “We Are Friends” Compilation on mau5trap (Track-by-track Review)

New “We Are Friends” Compilation on mau5trap (Track-by-track Review)

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“We Are Friends: Volume 3” just dropped on Deadmau5’s mau5trap records last Monday. This new compilation features some of the sounds that the label is known for, as well as some darker, techier tracks. Here is a track-by-track review of the compilation.

11ATTLAS – Sabs

Genre: Progressive House

Rating: 8/10

ATTLAS is a new artist to mau5trap, and “Sabs” is his first original track for the label. This one has a sound similar to Deadmau5’s own style. The track progresses along steadily, with a dark beat and pulsing lead, until the brief first break. The breaks make this a track a masterpiece, fading out all other elements except for a beautiful melodic pad, which is joined by a string section the second time around. The breaks end suddenly and through the listener instantly back into the minimalistic groove.

10Eekkoo – B61

Genre: Techno

Rating: 9/10

I am a techno head myself, so I may rate this track a little bit higher than others would, but in my opinion, this is one of the best tracks on the compilation. Eekkoo is now one of the main mau5trap artists, so I would be very surprised to see a compilation released without at least one of his tracks. This one is a very dark techno groover. The beat is simple, the bass is growling, and the ambiance is hot. At some point through the track, he introduces vocals to the mix, giving it that special something.

9Enzo Bennet – E1 6QL

Genre: Progressive House

Rating: 8/10

Last year, Enzo Bennet released his EP “The Colours” on mau5trap, which defined his groovy progressive house sound. This song is an the more minimal side compared to either of the tracks from “The Colors,” but it carries the same atmospheric wonder that Enzo has become so well known for.

8Fehrplay – Pyara (Live Edit)

Genre: Progressive House

Rating: 7/10

The next track comes from a name familiar not only to fans of mau5trap, but also fans of the progressive house sound in general. The live edit of “Pyara” is very similar to the original, but extends and experiments with some of the ideas from the original. In addition, this version is four minutes longer, for those who feel that the original wasn’t long enough. Basically, this version isn’t that much more special than the original (and no, the original wasn’t a bad track).

7Heat Maxwell – Grind House

Genre: Electro House

Rating: 7/10

NOT big room. This is good ol’ genuine electro house, and “Grind House” has a unique sound too. ¬†All in all, with grinding melodies and bass elements, this track has a very fitting name. The melody is very straightforward, based off a simple riff. I would rate this track higher, but I feel like the ideas presented in this track could be expanded upon to make it a little bit more interesting. Still, kudos to Heat for breaking the mould!

6James Njie – Diode

Genre: Progressive / Electro House

Rating: 9/10

Surprisingly, this track sounds a little bit like the big room house that Deadmau5 hates. The difference here is that “Diode” is the exact opposite of minimal and uncreative. Every element is polished perfectly, and the song has so many subtle elements that one can’t possibly notice in one listen. This is certainly one of my favorites from the compilation.

5Matt Lange – Scorched Earth Policy

Genre: Techno / Tech House

Rating: 8/10

More techno. Or it might be tech house… anyway, “Scorched Earth Policy” is another dark groover. This track is very psychedelic, and could easily hypnotize the listener during late-night listening. In addition, it is incredibly intricate. Fans of electro house might say that this track goes on too long, because it is undoubtedly on the more minimal side, but that doesn’t sway me.

4NEUS – Amanita

Genre: Chill / Dub

Rating: 10/10

I want more of this on mau5trap. NEUS’s new track “Amanita” is beautiful, calming dub. This artist is clearly a master, using melodies and instruments with compressors in such a way that the track comes out sounding very psychedelic.

3Pig&Dan – Empty

Genre: Techno

Rating: 9/10

Techno legends Pig&Dan have been invited to release on mau5trap for a second time, after their remix of Deadmau5’s “Sofi Needs a Ladder.” “Empty” is typical Pig&Dan style with crisp drums and a groove that takes its time to fade in and out. Listening to this track, it’s no wonder Deadmau5 is such a fan of these guys. Their production experience shows.

2Proxy – OldBoy

Genre: Electro House?

Rating: 9/10

Proxy has been gaining altitude in the past year becoming infamous for his loud and distorted sound that transcends genre. His offering for the Mau5’s compilation is a brief moment of sharp production that will cause a explosion on the dancefloor. “OldBoy” demonstrates that Proxy’s ability to get the most out of simple grooves is unsurpassed.

1Reid – Blood

Genre: Progressive House

Rating: 8/10

“Blood” is the perfect choice to close this compilation. It combines the well known mau5trap-style progressive house sound with the chill feeling that is expected in a closing track. This track will likely be used by top DJs everywhere to close big festivals. The soft lead, pads, and chords, in 6/8, are offset by a straightforward 4/4 beat.