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Studio album by deadmau5
Released December 2, 2016
Genre Electronic dance music[1][2]
Length 67:42
Label mau5trap
Producer Joel Zimmerman
deadmau5 chronology
5 Years of mau5
Stuff I Used to Do
deadmau5 studio album chronology
Singles from W:/2016ALBUM/
  1. "Snowcone"
    Released: May 27, 2016
  2. "Let Go"
    Released: November 18, 2016

W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced "double-u drive twenty-sixteen album")[3] is the eighth studio album by Canadian record producer deadmau5, released on December 2, 2016 digitally through his independent record label mau5trap, and on vinyl and CD on February 17 and March 17 respectively.[4][5] The album's title, which was suggested by fans on Twitch, refers to a computer directory on Zimmerman's network-attached storage server used to store the master tracks of the songs on the album.[3] The album features several tracks Zimmerman uploaded to his SoundCloud account, prior to it being compromised.[6] W:/2016ALBUM/ is also his first studio album to be released only by mau5trap. Two singles from the album have been released: "Snowcone" and "Let Go" (featuring Grabbitz).[7]


deadmau5 first announced the album's release during an interview with Pete Tong of BBC Radio 1 on 7 November 2016. Zimmerman stated that the album would have "an 80's sci-fi fantasy vibe," which he credits to his purchase of a Prophet 10 synthesizer.[3] Shortly afterwards, the album's track list was leaked on Reddit, based on one that appeared briefly during a Twitch stream made by Zimmerman a month before.

Zimmerman eventually revealed that he was not satisfied with the album, stating that he felt it was "slapped together".[8] He had previously hinted that he was already working on his next album.[9] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Zimmerman said he was dissatisfied with the album because "it's not written from start to finish; it's over a year's worth of work that doesn't correlate".[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[1]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[16]
Drowned In Sound1/10 stars[17]

Upon release, W:/2016ALBUM/ received mixed to average reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 63, indicating "generally favourable reviews", based on 8 reviews. The Guardian gave the album a mostly positive review, stating: "This might be far from a perfect album, but it's certainly nothing to be ashamed of". Rolling Stone gave a mostly positive review as well saying: "Fist-pumpy EDM cheese this most certainly is not. Instead, W:/2016ALBUM/ works equally in a field, car or headphones, the latest catalog entry from an artist who continues to delight in bucking expectations". Clash Magazine also gave a positive review saying: "An album free from the shackles of a major label and its consequential rampant commercialism was always going to produce something that didn't immediately pander to its keg fuelled audience. The surprise is just how well deadmau5 pulls it off. If he actually makes a record he likes - it could be ground-breaking".

The Irish Times gave it a mostly negative review, stating: "The problem is that Zimmerman obviously didn’t care too much about the final outcome to bother his hoop on the spit and polish process. Maybe W:/2017ALBUM/ will be better." scoring it 2/5 stars. Jon Falcone from Drowned In Sound gave it an overwhelmingly negative review, noting that "nothing goes anywhere, and yet every song is so long. It's painful" awarding it only 1/10.

Track listing[edit]

1."4ware"Joel Zimmerman8:39
  • Zimmerman
  • Phil Waring
3."Cat Thruster"Zimmerman5:36
4."Deus Ex Machina"Zimmerman6:31
6."Imaginary Friends"Zimmerman7:46
7."Let Go" (featuring Grabbitz)
8."No Problem"Zimmerman6:59
10."Three Pound Chicken Wing"Zimmerman6:22
11."Whelk Then"Zimmerman5:39
Total length:67:42


  • All copies of the vinyl format replace the standard version of "Let Go" with the extended version.
  • Some pre-release copies of the CD had the extended version of "Let Go" instead of No Mana's remix of Strobe.[18]


Chart (2016–17) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 133
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 131
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 37
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[23] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 84
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[25] 4
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[26] 20
UK Update Albums (OCC)[27] 82
US Billboard 200[28] 74
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[29] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 2 December 2016 Digital download mau5trap [30]
17 February 2017 Vinyl [31]
17 March 2017 CD [32]


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  2. ^ a b Castillo, Arielle. "Review: Deadmau5 Bucks EDM Expectations Again on 'W:/2016ALBUM/'". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ a b c "deadmau5 - 4ware [bbc r1 essential new tune]". YouTube. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "W:/2016ALBUM [VINYL]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "W:/2016ALBUM (Audio CD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "LEAKED tracklist for W:/2016ALBUM/!". Reddit. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "deadmau5 Drops Sweeping Single 'Let Go,' Launches Album Pre-Order: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Deadmau5 admits he doesn't like new album W:/2016ALBUM/". The Independent. November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "dead mow cinco on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Deadmau5 on Why EDM Is Finished, Learning to Love His New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  11. ^ "W:/2016ALBUM/ by Deadmau5". Metacritic. 
  12. ^ "W:/2016ALBUM/ by Deadmau5 reviews - Any Decent Music". 
  13. ^ Yeung, Neil. "W:/2016ALBUM - Deadmau5 review". AllMusic. 
  14. ^ "Deadmau5 W:/2016ALBUM/". Exclaim!. 
  15. ^ "Deadmau5: W:/2016ALBUM/ Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. 
  16. ^ "Deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/ review -". The Irish Times. 
  17. ^ "Album Review: deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/". 
  18. ^ "Customer Review on Amazon". Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #398". auspOp. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "On The Charts...This Week". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  23. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  25. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  26. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  27. ^ "UK Update Albums". Official Charts Company. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Deadmau5 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  29. ^ "Deadmau5 Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  30. ^ "W:/2016ALBUM/". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  31. ^ "dead mow cinco on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  32. ^ "W: / 2016album/". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 

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