Album: Deadmau5, 4x4=12 (Virgin)

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If, like Florence and Candi, you sometimes feel like throwing your hands up in the air, then Deadmau5 is the electronic dance artist for you. Third time around, Joel Zimmerman has ditched any pretence of art, and made sure that each track, whether vocal or instrumental, is a merciless arm-waving anthem.

Every sudden volume drop, every gradual pitch shift, every wob-wob-wob noise is precision-tooled to attain maximum dancefloor impact. Formulaic? Undoubtedly. Enjoyable? Unquestionably. More than just a cutesy logo.