As you all know, Moguai has been written about multiple times on this site. Being on Deadmau5’s mau5trap label and all, the man has just about the strongest stamp of approval possible. He’s been working pretty damn hard lately, too. In the past few months alone Moguai has charted a Beatport #1 with his Fatboy Slim collaboration Ya Mama, featured as a special guest on BBC Radio 1, completed a stunning set of remixes for industry A-listers–Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Underworld, Rye Rye and Robyn–and continues to juggle all of the above with an international touring schedule that’s bursting at the seams.
With his newest release, Oxygen, Moguai proves yet again that this stamp of approval is totally warranted. His sound fonts on the track are reminiscent of Deadmau5 tunes but with a German techno twist, and Fiora’s vocals add a sense of desperation to the deeply driving track, particularly during the super minimal 8-bit portions from 2:11-2:22. The club mix is a bit more “big room anthem,” as expected, with some heavy melodic portions, a lengthy buildup, and a pulsating bassline drop that’ll definitely enthrall the dancefloor. It’s much more minimal on the vocals, too, which should give listeners a nice variety depending on their tastes in this regard.
My personal favorite track on the release is the Jacob Plant remix (official video below), which takes Oxygen into dangerously wubbly territory. Most of the track has been gutted aside from mainly short vocal samples from the original, but it remains clearly identifiable as a remix. Plant keeps things fresh with some new sounds (the 8-bit ones are my favorite, obviously) and varies things up nicely–nothing ever seems to last longer than it should. Mau5trap’s 41st release is definitely a solid one!