Deadmau5 and The Neptunes have released a new collaboration titled “Pomegranate.”
The track will feature on Deadmau5’s upcoming ninth studio album. It came about in late 2019 when the Canadian producer—real name Joel Zimmerman—met with The Neptunes at North Miami’s Criteria Recording Studios to carve out the groundwork for a new track. The result is “Pomegranate,” a bouncing, pop-friendly track that combines both Zimmerman and The Neptunes’ respective styles.
The Neptunes—the production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo—have lain low for a while, after a prolific run in the ’90s and 2000s which established their dominance in pop and hip hop. Williams’ last release with Hugo was the 2017 NERD album No One Ever Really Dies.
In January, Hugo revealed that The Neptunes were gearing up for a comeback. “We’re doing a couple of things,” he said. “There’s a video game soundtrack that’s in the works right now that I can’t speak about.” He also said that they had been in the studio with a number of artists, including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Nas X and Kaytranada. Later that month, footage emerged of The Neptunes working with Megan Thee Stallion in the studio.
Deadmau5, on the other hand, last released a studio album in 2016, W:/2016Album/. More recently, he’s dabbled in orchestral compilations, live mixtapes, EPs and soundtracks, scoring last year’s Netflix film Polar.
Deadmau5’s next album has no official title or release date just yet. While you wait for more details, listen to “Pomegranate” here: