Best Dance Music of the Week From Deadmau5 & More

Porter Robinson and Madeon are gushing about about Wavedash’s debut LP, World Famous Tour, on Twitter, and we understand why. The 12-track experience sees the Texas harsh-step band move toward a bold, bright future. Spoken words snippets, brain-popping textures, emotional melodies and hiccuping rhythms swirl together in an exciting mash-up of styles and tastes. It’s multifaceted and futuristic, while still paying homage to the greats of the past – and yes, there are still some seriously heavy bangers.

“The electronic dance music scene has shifted quite a bit over the last five years, and this album is partially our response to that,” the trio tells Billboard Dance. “All of our idols made albums, and there’s something undeniable about the lasting effect a larger, cohesive body of work can have on your life. We hope that World Famous Tour will be one of those records, through the ups and downs – because it certainly has been for us.” From the hyper-bounce pop of single “Dummo Loop” to face-crushing sound design of “Ultracover” and the space romantics of piano-driven “Left Behind,” it is a project worth diving into face first. We particularly love the cut-and-past sample funk of “Satin Cash,” a song that reveals itself in rainbow layers of sound. Enjoy the sonic adventure. — KAT BEIN

Masters At Work, “Mattel”

Trends in dance come and go, but house music is always in fashion. The hopefully imminent return of club nights and festivals post-Covid signals a refresh, and thus the time feels serendipitous for some of house’s biggest living legends to officially reunite. Last week, Masters At Work — the duo of Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez, and the duo behind classics like “To Be in Love” and “The Ha Dance” — relaunched their MAW Records label, and today they’ve shared their first new track in two decades, “Mattel,” with more material reportedly in the pipeline. 

Named after their favorite drum machine from back in the day, “Mattel” revolves around percussion as crisp and clean as a freshly starched shirt, complemented by loopy, acid-dredged synth stabs and a bouncing bassline. At eight minutes long, it’s groovy and sturdy yet hard-edged and brisk, and bound to work up a sweat. “We thought it was the right time to reintroduce our MAW Records catalog to a new audience, and come through with new music as Masters At Work, so we got back in the studio,” the duo told Resident Advisor of their return. “The dance music universe revolves in circles, and here we are.” — KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ

Deadmau5, “Nextra”

It was just a month ago that Deadmau5 announced the launch of Hau5trap, the house-oriented imprint of his longstanding Mau5trap label. Now the second Hau5trap release — and the first by the ‘Head ‘Mau5 In Charge — is here. “Nextra” is a six-minute progressive slow burn built from plucky synths, punchy builds and complex percussion that will altogether send you to the dancing-in-the-dark, eyes-closed after hours of your mind. “I’ve been dabbling with this track on and off for a while,” Deadmau5 says in a statement. “When I started to put together Hau5trap I had this one in mind for its release. Its flow sits well for something in the house vein.” — KATIE BAIN

Source: News | Billboard

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