Canadian producer Deadmau5 has risen to the top of electronic music, becoming one of the few electronic artists to break into the American mainstream–all on the strength of his brand of progressive house.

Deadmau5 blends elements of trance, techno and deep house into a sound that is both fun and immediate, but at the same time dark and ominous. The edginess one feels in his tracks gives emotional weight to the otherwise inhuman assortment of computer-generated sound.

There are no words in songs like “I Said,” but the dark, foreboding synths make Deadmau5’s music feel like a manifestation of the digital age: computer-generated, isolated, paranoid and ADHD. Make no mistake though, these songs are party anthems, the huge breaks and pounding beats are sure to get everyone moving on the dance floor.

On his remix of “I Said” Michael Woods takes the original track’s glitchy melody and drops it into a heavy four-on-the-floor groove, turning what is one of Deadmau5’s more atmospheric tracks into a huge club track.

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Deadmau5 is appearing at the 4th annual Outside Lands Festival, which takes place this weekend in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

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