In a roundabout way, I’ve got Deadmau5 to blame for all this. Earlier this year I chanced upon a live stream of him djing. He wasn’t doing one of his huge spectacular live shows, but just playing tracks in a club and he seemed to be having fun. The crowd certainly were. Much less glamorously than them, I was listening while doing stuff around the house when he played something that stopped me in my tracks. A bit of digging later I worked out it was his at-the-time-unreleased Raise Your Weapon. For the first time in a long while a dance track had really got to me (to be honest, it’s the vocal that did it) and suddenly, out of the blue, I wanted to make dance music again. I’m not saying there haven’t been any other good dance records in the last few years, or that Raise Your Weapon is the pinnacle of dance music (the dubstep section isn’t great), but I had sort of zoned out of it all. Now, all of a sudden, I found myself stumbling across loads of dance tracks that I really liked, and it was exciting in a way it hadn’t been for years.

I started going through all the ideas and half ideas I had lazing around on my computer (and there are plenty), filtering out the ones that I couldn’t imagine fitting in my new dance vision, and getting together a plan of how I might make it all sound like a cohesive whole. Some tracks have been easier than others, some have obstinately refused to sit with the rest despite my best efforts and have had to be cruelly pushed into the corner. None sound like Deadmau5. One that I’m feeling good about is called Buzz. Here’s a picture of it.

As you can see it’s amazing. Anyway, I have 7 tracks pretty much done, and a bunch of half-tracks requiring my immediate attention to finish the album. I promised someone about three weeks ago I would send them some music and that promise is exciting as it is forcing me to let someone else hear the new stuff. I am nervous.

As to whether the world really needs another Mint Royale album, we’ll have to wait and see but I’d like to think Henry Ford’s quote might apply – “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a better horse”.

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Chris Huggett · 22/11/2011 at 9:03 am


This sounds brilliant – I’m really excited – and yes, the world does need a new Mint Royale album. Why? Well, think about how much of your music has soundtracked movies, tv shows, adverts, lives (?) etc…It is massively appreciated.

I’ve followed MR since I first heard Norman Cook play Rusholme in a dj set back in 98/99 and ever since I’ve regularly spotted your tracks in UK and US tv shows, movies etc.

Dance music has been reborn of late but I do think it’s missing some heart and soul – the very schnizzle MR, Chems, Fatboy provided – so a new album is most welcome!

The new track looks (!) great – excited by the 80s bridge 🙂

Can I ask what program you use to write tracks on? I’ve tried to compose before – I’ve had loads of ideas but my lack of ability to play an instrument has always hampered me.

Cheers and look forward to hearing some samples

Chris (fatboyslick)

Mint Royale · 24/11/2011 at 3:32 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks for all your kind words, no pressure then…!

I use Logic for everything, which is mac only, but there are loads of PC alternatives. Being able to play an instrument is obviously an advantage but there are a surprising number of people making music who can’t do much more than poke one finger in the vague direction of a keyboard. I suppose it just depends on the sort of music you want to make, a bit of minimal bleeping house isn’t going to exactly tax your playing ability.

Tim · 30/12/2011 at 12:41 am

They sound great! Can we expect vocals? Cant wait to play your new stuff on the radio…I still play your tracks on my show. Check my website archives. Feel free to test out some of the mellower tracks on me….and get on the radio. DL links are fine.


Andy · 04/02/2012 at 6:49 pm

How can they say they love that sound? Where do they listen to them? I am in a bad mood about this. Let me hear it to! Ha!

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