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Deadmau5 & Kaskade - 'I Remember'

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Fraser McAlpine | 12:11 UK time, Sunday, 10 May 2009

Deadmau5As tempting as it sometimes is to dismiss trancey dance-type music as a shortcut to mindless euphoria, a state of dancefloor-only total excitement, which is scientifically designed to be reached via the simplest of possible means - hi Basshunter! - there's a growing body of musical evidence which proves that other emotions can be found within its glassy crevices.

Take exhibit A here. A straight-from-the-bottom-of-the-freezer shard of spooky mournfulness which would only be suitable to play as a triumphant party tune if it was Casper the Friendly Ghost's birthday and he'd invited the unfriendly ghosts along in an effort to be, y'know...friendly.

And to give the whole thing even more clout, there's a video (available on Deadmau5's site), which, with the help of an amazingly charismatic performance from Stephen Graham, transforms a wafty chillout into a kind of rave call to arms.

It's as if this melancholy, smoky puffball is actually a requiem for lost youth culture, which you'll have to admit, is approximately 10 bazillion miles away from those bendy-over girls in the Eric Prydz videos, and closer in spirit to something like 'Ghost Town' by the Specials.

The good news is it even works without Stephen's terrifying stare egging you on. In fact, if you had a playlist of this, followed by 'Unite' by Burial, something off the last Portishead album and 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack (but NOT any of the acoustic cover versions, which are too nice by half), you'd might end up disappearing into a parallel world, where up is down, the undead roam the streets and Eoghan Quigg is quite good.

Terrifying thought, mm?

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CD Released: May 11th
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(Fraser McAlpine)

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