Studio album by deadmau5
Released 6 December 2010
Recorded 2009–10
Length 1:16:01
Producer Joel Zimmerman
deadmau5 chronology
For Lack of a Better Name (2009) 4×4=12
Album Title Goes Here (2012)
Singles from 4×4=12
  1. "Some Chords"
    Released: 3 May 2010
  2. "A City in Florida"
    Released: 10 June 2010
  3. "Animal Rights"
    Released: 6 September 2010
  4. "Sofi Needs a Ladder"
    Released: 1 November 2010
  5. "Raise Your Weapon"
    Released: 23 May 2011

4×4=12 is the fifth studio album by the Canadian electronic music producer deadmau5, released internationally on 6 December 2010 by Virgin Records and a day later in the United States by Ultra Records and mau5trap Recordings. The album's title refers to a miscalculation made by deadmau5 on his Ustream channel, where he mistakenly said that his live setup of four banks of four "equals twelve".[1] The album received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic66/100 [2]
Review scores
Rolling Stone[5]
Slant Magazine[6]

The album was generally well received among music critics. Metacritic assigned it an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 13 reviews.[2] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone touted the album writing, "4×4=12 is audacious, mixing generic house grooves with electric fare."[9] Many reviewers praised the album for its universal appeal to a diverse audience. Annie Zaleski of Alternative Press wrote, "The collection is mostly instrumental tracks, ranging in style from insistent progressive house to watery techno…Without vocals to provide structure, 4×4=12's variety stems from deadmau5's sense of dynamics and pacing, as well as his diverse sonic influences".[10] However, some critics seem to be wanting more from the artist whose man-behind-the-mask intrigue may be upstaging his albums. Allison Stewart of The Washington Post states, ""4×4" is a breakthrough album that doesn't feel like a breakthrough album. Not accessible or crowd-pleasing enough to court non-electronic music fans, not adventurous enough to satisfy die-hards, it pleases, but it rarely dazzles."[11] Dave Simpson of The Guardian shared in Ms. Stewart's sentiments by noting, "Undoubtedly, the deadmau5 appeal hinges on the astonishing live show in which Zimmerman performs in a giant, illuminated mouse's head, but it wouldn't work without his tracks. His third production compilation again shows that he is a master at doing simple electro house music very well: humongous beats and basslines blend with straightforward chord progressions and, when interest may start to lag, sonic diversions."[12]

Commercial reception

4×4=12 proved to become a breakthrough commercial success for deadmau5 when it became his first studio album to chart on the Billboard Top 200. It eventually peaked within the top fifty of the Billboard Top 200 and has spent over 100 weeks on the chart. It also narrowly missed the top spot of the Billboard Electronic albums, reaching number two. Internationally, the album was received warmly as well. It managed to chart within the top forty of various European nations, replicating and in many cases eclipsing the chart success of his previous efforts. In the United Kingdom, however, the album achieved a lower peak compared to his previous albums which all entered the top twenty, missing the top forty altogether.

Track listing

Unmixed version (US version)

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Some Chords"  Joel Zimmerman 7:24
2. "Sofi Needs a Ladder" (featuring SOFI)
  • Zimmerman
  • Sofia Toufa
3. "A City in Florida"  Zimmerman 5:40
4. "Bad Selection"  
  • Zimmerman
  • Chester "DJ Aero" Deitz
5. "Animal Rights" (with Wolfgang Gartner)Zimmerman; Joey Youngman 6:15
6. "I Said (Michael Woods Remix)" (with Chris Lake)
  • Zimmerman
  • Christopher Lake
7. "Cthulhu Sleeps"  Zimmerman 10:34
8. "Right This Second"  Zimmerman 7:50
9. "Raise Your Weapon" (featuring Greta Svabo Bech)
10. "One Trick Pony" (featuring SOFI)
  • Zimmerman
  • Toufa
11. "Everything Before"  Zimmerman 6:36

Continuous mix version (International version)

International iTunes version

US and Canada iTunes version

Double LP version


"Some Chords" was released as the first official single from the album on 3 May 2010 exclusively on Beatport. "Animal Rights", a collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner, was the second single from the album, released exclusively on Beatport on 6 September 2010 and followed by a wide release on 17 September 2010. The third single was "Sofi Needs a Ladder", released on 31 October 2010. It features vocals from SOFI and is the highest charting single in the UK, reaching #68.


Deadmau5 was the house DJ at the 2010 MTV Video Music Award show hosted by Chelsea Handler in Los Angeles, California on 12 September. He opened the event with "Some Chords", then as the night progressed, he played "Sofi Needs a Ladder", "Cthulhu Sleeps", and "Animal Rights".[13] Deadmau5 also performed at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012. First he performed with Foo Fighters ("Rope" deadmau5 Remix) and then played "Raise Your Weapon". On the same day after the awards he revealed two new mau5heads.

On iTunes, the international mixed CD version of the album has the track names "A City In Florida" as "City In Florida", "Cthulhu Sleeps" as "Cthulhu Steps" and "Raise Your Weapon" as "Raise Your Weapons". This has not been confirmed as intentional or unintentional.

In popular culture

"Some Chords" was featured in the game The Sims 3 as well as on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, where deadmau5 guest starred as himself. "A City in Florida" was featured in the 2011 video game Saints Row: The Third, appearing on the in-game radio station "97.6 K12 FM", primarily associated with the cyberpunk "Deckers" gang. "Sofi Needs a Ladder" was also featured on the soundtrack of The Hangover Part II and in the 2010 game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Chart performance

Chart (2010–12) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[14] 53
Australian Dance Albums Chart[15] 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[16] 69
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 7
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 82
Irish Albums Chart[19] 34
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 56
UK Albums Chart 48
US Billboard 200[21] 47
US Dance/Electronic Albums[21] 2


Country Provider Sales Certification
Canada[22] Music Canada 80,000+ Platinum
United Kingdom[23] BPI 60,000+ Silver

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide (except U.S. and Canada) 6 December 2010
  • CD
  • LP
  • digital download
  • Virgin/EMI
  • mau5trap
U.S. and Canada 7 December 2010 Ultra Records


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