mau5trap releases 'we are friends vol. 9' with new looks from deadmau5 and C.H.A.Y. – Dancing Astronaut
The ninth installment of mau5trap’s annual we are friends compilation hits the streets Dec. 13, giving fans of the label’s production-heavy sound a smattering of 23 tracks to spin this holiday season.
First and foremost on the release (both figuratively and literally) is a refreshing new take from the deadmau5 himself in “ASEED,” a tune that starts somber and evolves into a symphony of acid synths and broken beats. The man behind the mask has been dropping the track for the better part of two years, making “ASEED” one of those elusive IDs that diehards have fawned over for years.
We are friends vol. 9 goes on to feature some of mau5trap’s finest homegrown and up-and-coming talent, next highlighting the whimsy-filled soundscape of ASHE with the sputtering melody of “Human.” One area that mau5trap has been highly successful in over the years is in defining its own sound as a label. WAF 9 drives this point home, with tracks like “Magmagat” by Egomorph, which acts as the eccentric cousin to deadmau5’s 2009er “FML,” sharing strands of pulsating bass DNA with the iconic song from the label boss’ For Lack of a Better Name.
Additional highlights on the release include Corvad’s bass-forward and careening “I Am Control,” with a vocal sample reminiscent of Adam Freeland’s “We Want Your Soul” and “Wanted,” a deep-electro collaboration between the ever-rising C.H.A.Y. and Monstergetdown.
We are friends vol. 9 is available now for both stream and purchase.
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