GENRE | GLO-HOUSE
VERDICT | KEEP ‘EM DANCING
LABEL | ULTRA
RELEASE | 9.25.12
No one will take away all that Joel Zimmerman has accomplished: going from his Toronto bedroom to the world’s biggest stages, thanks to his frantically-infectious brand of electro-house.
And, of course, that giant glowing mouse head that transformed him into one of the biggest DJs on the planet and a merch machine.
There have been some career high points (“Sofi Needs a Ladder,” “I Remember”), but this latest has all the hallmarks of a contract obligation. “Maths” goes pretty hard, the breakdowns in “Fn Pig” are rad, and there’re some other quality prog-house tracks. But overall, it’s a disjointed effort
(unsurprising, since it’s basically a batch of outtakes).
The collaborations are hit-and-miss. Cypress Hill are moderately dope on “Failbait,” while My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way comes out of hiding to give a dreamy darkwave touch to “Professional Griefers.” “Channel 42” with Wolfgang Gartner is a dancefloor killer too, but really,
this is less like a full album and more like a batch of decent unreleased tracks to satisfy the hardcore Mau5-heads.