Two giants of new electronic music- Astralwerks Records and deadmau5, each credited with pioneering the genre’s evolution from esoteric subculture to its undeniable place in mainstream culture today--have joined forces. Kicking off the relationship, Astralwerks will release the brand new mau5trap compilation album WE ARE FRIENDS VOL. 2 on Tuesday, November 12, with its pre-sale launching on Tuesday, October 22.
In their exciting new partnership, Astralwerks will be the U.S. home to future deadmau5 artist releases and the exclusive distributor and label partner for deadmau5’s imprint mau5trap recordings. This two-tiered agreement, encompassing both deadmau5 as a global label partner with mau5trap and as an Astralwerks roster artist for the U.S., is the first of its kind for Astralwerks.
Known for breaking records and breaking boundaries, deadmau5--a multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist--is also committed to breaking up-and-coming talent with his label mau5trap recordings. WE ARE FRIENDS VOL. 2 will be the first mau5trap release via Astralwerks. As the follow-up to the mau5trap compilation We Are Friends Vol. 1, WE ARE FRIENDS VOL. 2 will include content from BSOD (deadmau5 and Steve Duda), James Njie, Kairo Kingdom and more, plus two brand new deadmau5 tracks with “Suckfest 9001” and “Your Ad Here.” The complete track listing follows below.
Meanwhile, as part of the agreement, deadmau5 will retain creative control of mau5trap where he will continue to nurture developing acts and curate the mau5trap artist roster which has previously included Le Castle Vania, Feed Me and Foreign Beggars. mau5trap will continue to operate as a separate entity out of the label’s Toronto offices.
“So, it's now official... Yep, we've teamed up with our friends at Astralwerks! It's done, and this shit is happening! Big plans are in motion people. BIG,” says deadmau5.
“We are thrilled to be working with deadmau5 both as an artist and as an A&R partner for his mau5trap label,” adds Astralwerks General Manager Glenn Mendlinger. “Joel is an absolute trailblazer, pushing the boundaries of electronic music, production, and the live experience to places unimaginable without his vision and contribution. This is an exciting moment, but it’s only the beginning. Watch this space…”
Check Out "Suckfest9001", off of We Are Friends Vol. 2.
The Tracklisting for “WE ARE FRIENDS VOL. 2” is as follows:
1. deadmau5 - Your Ad Here
2. deadmau5 - Suckfest9001
3. BSOD - Super Breakfast
4. Aron H - Entrance
5. Eekkoo - Lekture
6. Heat Maxwell - FreakShow
7. James Njie - In Transit
8. James Njie - The Right Time
9. Kairo Kingdom - 3030
10. Kairo Kingdom - Machine Empire
11. Al Bizarre – Crime