Legend has it that Deadmau5 first started work on the track now called Strobe way back in 2006. It was then released on his album For Lack of a Better Name in 2009 and in the years since, Strobe has grown to become one of Joel Zimmerman’s best loved songs.
So for their milestone hundredth release, Zimmerman’s label mau5trap opted to pay homage to the classic, tapping Feed Me, Lane 8, Dimension, ATTLAS, and Com Truise for a very special Strobe remix package that dropped this weekend. As you’d expect, getting the call up to reinvent one of Deadmau5’s best tracks is an honour those involved didn’t take lightly: “Obviously you can’t out-do Strobe. The track is the stairway to heaven for an entire genre,” ATTLAS said.
“Instead, I wanted to build an homage to the melodies and memories that strobe gives me, and set those against a backdrop of a smaller reminder of my favourite times hearing this track out in venues around the world with people that mean a lot to me.”
For Feed Me, “Strobe represents represents a seminal piece of electronic music culture to me; an exercise in restraint and patience, and one of the best demonstrations of Joel’s unique talent with melody.” He says the remix was a chance to pay homage to Joel’s original, rather than “more aggressively stamping my sound on it as I might do with other tracks.” Hear all four remixes below.