By Scott T. Sterling
The new Deadmau5 album has a release date and a title, but good luck pronouncing it.
After declaring on Twitter last month that the upcoming release would be “the first album I’ve ever done that i would even call an album… it’s put together like an album, not a compilation,” the Canadian EDM star has officially revealed a June 17 digital drop date for while(1<2), with the physical and streaming versions due a week later on June 24.
Fans eager to get an idea of what to expect from the album can listen to a quick 30-second preview of the opening track “Avaritia” below. The full-length version of the tune will debut on Pete Tong’s UK BBC Radio 1 show this Friday, June 16. For those unable to wait that long, pre-ordering the album from the Deadmau5 Live website and new mobile app will unlock the complete track.
“It’s a good mix of sh-t I want to do versus sh-t people want to hear or what they would expect,” the producer said in a press release. “It’s a good balance. It’s not like, ‘Oh, it’s such a departure. He’s doing smooth jazz.’ It was when I was working on some live stuff, set lists for shows and stuff like that, and it just must have been a couple of tracks that sounded pretty good stitched together end to start and I thought, ‘Well, if I ever do an album or compile this into some kind of album this has got to be that part of the order for that.’ And I just kind of took everything and played musical Tetris with it.”
Hardcore Deadmau5 fans will likely recognize some of the tracks on the album from his Soundcloud page, where he’s previewed unfinished bits and pieces of various tunes over the past three years.
The artist born Joel Zimmerman’s last full-length release was Album Title Goes Here, which debuted in 2012 and featured collaborations with B-Real of Cypress Hill, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Imogen Heap, among others.