Raise Your Weapon (Remixes)
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on June 4th, 2011 at 10:47a.m.
By now I hope you've all come to expect a certain level of quality from deadmau5. He's released almost consistently great tracks since starting out way back in 2006. I'm happy to say that this tradition has not ended: Raise Your Weapon is just as great as his other releases.
It's actually quite different from other deadmau5 records of the past. It starts out the same; a slow build with pianos and haunting female vocals, then drops into some very dubstep bass. It's good though, it's not done because he jumping on a bandwagon. It's done to sound good. You can listen to it using the link in the tracklisting.
Now for the remixes, and first up is the Madeon extended remix. It's the dubstep-less version of the track - just full on light upbeat electro-house. It's a faster pace, more cheerful (if that's the right word for a song about raising weapons), and probably slightly more accessible. It's a nice take on the original, and I'd probably rate it as high as the original as stand alone tracks.
The Noisia remix is probably the most predictable of the lot (I'm not saying that as a bad thing - their sound is awesome). If you know Noisia, you'll know what this remix is going to be like - fast, loud, bass-heavy and big drops. In that regard, they haven't disappointed. It's in essence the heavier brother of the original track.
Last (but not least) is the Stimming remix. It's a great interpretation of the song, and really quite random. Distorted vocals, random instruments, and a slow, mellow, laid back feel to it. It's a really nice mix - it's almost like some freestyle jazz collided with the original and this is the result.
All in all I'd say these remixes are definitely worth your time to listen to. They're up on Spotify if you want to try before you buy.