Rocking stages in his trademark LED mouse helmet, Joel Zimmerman recalls the salad days of Daft Punk, when cartoon robots ruled clubland. 4x4=12 is audacious, mixing generic house grooves with eclectic fare like "Bad Selection," a kinetic jam with dog-whistle synth builds. The masterstroke is "Raise Your Weapon," which breaks down into a sick dubstep beat. "How does it feel now, to watch it burn?" asks singer Greta Svabo Bech before the bass hits. So what's burning? Your synapses, dude.
From The Archives Issue 1119: December 9, 2010