deadmau5 Dr. Funkenstein Remixes

deadmau5 Dr. Funkenstein Remixes
Niagara Falls' Joel Zimmerman, as Deadmau5, has promptly become a beast in the world of underground dance. The Juno winner and Grammy nominee has garnered accolades from media outlets like DJ Magazine and beatport.com despite receiving the cold shoulder from the rock press. Dr. Funkenstein Remixes features nine remixes, along with Deadmau5's seven-minute original, merging car crash beats, chewy rhythms and aurally-pleasing samples. Sadly, all nine remixes follow this same formula. Remixers Zoltan Kontes and Jerome Robins simply punch it up then strip it down, while Danny Jay brings the track into Chicago house territory, with a pulsating bass line. Arjuna Schicks and Sage each offer the most deconstructed versions, pushing the filters to 11 while soothing the tempo. Dr. Funkenstein Remixes finds too many of the remixers massaging the beat when they should be tearing it apart, however, showing the release to be largely uninspired and sluggish. Something at this point Deadmau5 has proven to be anything but. (Play)