David Guetta’s double-sided ‘7’ is a timely portrait of dance music, spanning a voluminous 27 tracks [Review]

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David Guetta’s double-sided ‘7’ is a timely portrait of dance music, spanning a voluminous 27 tracks [Review]Cool Guy Guetta Photo Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

There often comes a time in great artists’ careers when they have acquired a certain level of devoutness from fans that allows them to truly feel free from the confines of an appealing facade or obligation to appease. Three decades into his into his artistic journey, David Guetta surpassed that milestone many musical epochs ago. Yet, with his Big Beat-housed, double-sided 7 album, Guetta endeavors to show the world there is uncharted sonic terrain worthy of the trek.

The two-disc album is certainly indicative of the different hats Guetta has worn over the years, most broadly as a ubiquitous dance-pop deity and more recently, the reveal of less radio-ready stylings from his alter-ego, Jack Back. Disc-one is Guetta as the world knows him — in all his prophesied pop eminence. Riddled with weighty collaboration, the first side of the venerated French powerhouse’s new studio work features a slew of larger-than-life joint efforts, including his previously released, immaculately sung “Flames” with Sia, a reunion preceded by their sublimely successful 2011 smash, “Titanium.” Guetta seems to cover all his streamability bases in this first portion, enlisting equally exalted dance pop sharks like Justin Bieber, Nicki MinajMartin Garrix on “Like I Do” and the Steve Aoki-assisted “Motto.” Guetta casts a wide net of appeal, following commercial counterparts like Major Lazer in sprinkling in some ever-so-timely Afro-pop, bolstered by the South African Black Coffee, on “Drive.”

Guetta’s recently unraveled side-project, Jack Back, drives home disc-two, which is comprised of groove-heavy, largely atmospheric tech-house. With winding, instrumental tracks like “Overtone” and “Afterglow,” it stands as an ambivalence-inducing paradox. On one hand, it represents the mainstream dance circuit’s acceptance of a more avant-garde product, of the scene’s most prominent figures’ willingness to deliver a raw, less-calculated extension of themselves. On the other — succeeding fellow icons like Calvin Harris, who recently announced he’d be receding back to his club-adept roots — this return to form can easily be construed as an overdue attempt to delineate oneself from the improbably saturated, monotonous sea of over-compressed bass drops. Tech-house, following progressive, future bass, and future house, takes its place among one of the most recent sub-genre crazes. The resurgence has been actualized by the likes of longtime devotees like Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, and Green Velvet, who have been championing the jazzy, instrumental sound for decades. David Guetta plants his flag on side two. He’s earned the status to return to a less commercially viable aesthetic. What’s more, fans deserve something potentially more stimulating from such high-held superstars. Our palates are savvier than they were in 2010, and radio-ready blockbusters can only take an artist so far, and Guetta uses the back half of the gatefold to address that shift.

Yes, two years in the making, is Guetta’s seventh studio album. But the French DJ/producer wears the number as a badge of continuity.

7 is a magical number and represents a full cycle to me. When you’re just starting out as an artist you go step by step and it’s only positive energy; passion, love, challenges,” says Guetta. “…This is why ‘7’ is a perfect name to me, because I feel like I’m going back to my original energy which can be heard in this album.”

Existential turmoil aside, whether Guetta has been biding his time to showcase this doubtlessly more nuanced side of his artistic repertoire or he simply seized a timely opportunity to reinvent himself, performs as a spacious snapshot of contemporary dance music.

David Guetta confirms new alias Jack Back, releases extensive tech house mixtape

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David Guetta confirms new alias Jack Back, releases extensive tech house mixtapeDavid Guetta New Album 7

David Guetta is a busy man. With his upcoming artist album, on the way, the international star has revealed he’s behind the alias Jack Back right as he released another long form project as the Jack Back Mixtape. Here, he’s connected house and techno to further boost his credibility in the production booth.

In 2012, an artist named Jack Back emerged as the artist behind the now multi-platinum single “Wild One Two.” The track featured David Guetta, Sia and Nicky Romero, and after its release, Jack Back went radio silent. That is, until recently, when a new track entitled “Overtone” emerged from the artist. Shockingly different from the artist’s former work, the single had a late night sensibility, with techno influences and brooding progressions. Obviously the work of a seasoned producer, speculation began circulating that the single was the return of the David Guetta alter ego, and it continued as Jack Back released “(It Happens) Sometimes” via Defected Records, “Reach For Me,” and finally “Grenade.”

But it isn’t until now that David Guetta has confirmed he is indeed behind the music, releasing a 12-track mixtape featuring all new music from his revived alias. The Jack Back Mixtape marks a pivotal moment for Guetta as he gears up to release his next electro dance-pop artist album, 7. As Jack Back, he’s signaled a reminder of his talent as a producer through the history of his work in house music. While may be an upcoming reminder of his pop prominence, this mixtape is a reminder of how he got there. Conquering a range of techno, tech house and house sounds, Guetta as Jack Back connects the dots between the house music of his early years to today’s deeper underground sounds.

Avicii receives writer, producer credits on Guetta’s forthcoming album, ‘7’

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Avicii receives writer, producer credits on Guetta’s forthcoming album, ‘7’Avicii

David Guetta‘s aptly titled seventh studio album, 7, will see cameos from a diverse array of featured artists, including G-Eazy, Anne-Marie, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, and Steve Aoki, among others. Although 7‘s list of collaborators is both long and varied, the assisting rappers, vocalists, and fellow DJs only account for a portion of the team that collectively contributed to 7‘s inception.

A glimpse at the writing, production, mastering, and engineering credits of 7 indicates that major industry innovators like Ina Wroldsen, Cesqeaux, Poo Bear, and Afrojack each had a hand in the album’s conception. Last, but certainly not least, is Avicii, who receives posthumous credit on Guetta’s seventh offering. Avicii appears as a writer and producer on the Jess Glynne feature, “She Knows How To Love Me,” and on the Stefflon Don and Ava Max aided “Let It Be Me.”

7 is due out on September 14.

Photo credit: Sean Eriksson

Exclusive: Oliver Heldens pumps out groovy electronics on remix for David Guetta & Anne-Marie’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’

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Exclusive: Oliver Heldens pumps out groovy electronics on remix for David Guetta & Anne-Marie’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’Guetta Annemarie OLIVER HELDENS

Oliver Heldens has been reeling in all the right remixes as of late, reworking the classic Sidney Samson track “Riverside,” as well as Calvin Harris‘ chart-topping hit “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa. And now, the Dutch producer continues his end-of-summer tear with a remix of David Guetta‘s latest single “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie.

The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.

His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.

David Guetta rounds up Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and more for two new singles from highly anticipated upcoming album ‘7’

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David Guetta rounds up Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and more for two new singles from highly anticipated upcoming album ‘7’David Guetta 2018 Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

David Guetta has released two blockbuster collaborations from his upcoming new album. The first is a joint effort with with Jason Derulo called “Goodbye,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William of “Mi Gente.” The second is the French veteran’s collaboration with afro house legend Black Coffee, “Drive.” Ripe off the announcement of his two-sided seventh studio album, aptly titled 7, dropping September 14, Guetta continues to deliver with a pair of singles from the upcoming project.

“Goodbye” samples Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” fusing R&B with Caribbean rhythms. This super collaboration sounds like a billboard charting play, as Guetta has seen massive success collaborating with Minaj and Willy William is looking for another inescapable radio strike. Steam“Goodbye” on Apple Music and iTunes.

“Drive” has Black Coffee’s signature house rhythm with African mallets mixed with serene, Guetta-esque, vocal play from Delilah Montagu accompanied by lush, underlying melodies.

Sidney Samson remixes David Guetta’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ into a hectic club release

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Sidney Samson remixes David Guetta’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ into a hectic club releaseDont Leave Me Alone Remi

David Guetta is gracing radio stations across the world again, thanks to pop collaboration with Anne-Marie, “Don’t Leave Me Alone.” In true industry fashion, a variety of artists have tried their hand at remixing the track, including Lenny Kravitz, R3HAB, and Guetta himself. Sidney Samson is the latest to join this list with his club-ready twist of the original.

Samson has all but entirely replaced the drop, with big room chords driving the bassline at a heightened BPM. Anne-Marie’s vocals still shine through, weaving in and out of the hectic drop to promote a danceable experience in any place it’s played in. Samson’s take on the track definitely gives the song a perfect spin for live performance, and there will be no surprises if Guetta decides to drop this version during his next set.

David Guetta doubles down on new music – a Martin Garrix remix + surprise Black Coffee collaboration

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David Guetta doubles down on new music – a Martin Garrix remix + surprise Black Coffee collaborationDavid Guetta Credit Ushuaïa Ibiza

It seems David Guetta is heating up before summer comes to an end. He commenced the weekend of August 17 with a fresh remix of “Oceans,” by Martin Garrix and Khalid.  He takes a housier route with his rendition, though he still emulates the mellow tone of the original in doing so. We’re left with another surefire hit for open dancefloors — an expected result when one powerhouse hitmaker remixes another.

The release was followed by an even bigger bomb: Guetta’s latest collaborator for an original work is Black Coffee. They make an unlikely duo on paper, given the former’s success in the pop/crossover world, and the latter’s in deep and Afro house. Given Guetta’s past in deep house and his diverse list of collaborators to date, however, the pairing isn’t too surprising. The single, titled “Drive,” will be released on August 24. It seems the two are opting to wait until the release for fans to hear it, as well; only the album artwork has been unveiled thus far.

David Guetta doubles down on new music – a Martin Garrix remix + surprise Black Coffee collaborationDrive David Guetta Black Coffee

Photo credit:  Ushuaïa Ibiza

David Guetta debuts new single ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ with Anne-Marie, doubles down with Lenny Kravitz remix

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David Guetta has pulled out all of the stops this week. First, the French dance veteran remixed a seasoned talent from the rock spectrum, Lenny Kravitz, taking on “Low” from Kravitz’ eleventh studio LP, Raise Vibration. A matter of hours later, Guetta then followed up with a new collaborative piece alongside one of 2018’s most sought after new pop artists, Anne-Marie. “Low” is Lenny Kravitz’ entire brand in a song — alluring, groovy, and physical. It’s a track that might not an obvious candidate for a Grammy-winning dance music artist to remix, but when Guetta works his magic, it manages to complement Kravitz’ style exceptionally well.

David Guetta’s work of course is not done there. Coming through with one of the biggest electronic releases of the week, the “Flames” producer delivers a new original work titled, “Don’t Leave Me Alone,” anchored to Anne-Marie’s love struck vocals. The track sees both artists lend their understanding of pop music to an upbeat, electro-pop summer treat. “Don’t Leave Me Alone’ is bound for deserved radio play, and Anne-Marie, coming fresh off of collaborations with Rudimental and Major Lazer and Marshmello, absolutely delivers in top form.

David Guetta and Showtek reunite on new collaboration, ‘Your Love’

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One of France’s most steadfast electronic exports, veteran mega-producer, David Guetta, is back with another larger-than-life big-room track, “Your Love,” hot off the heels of his most recent club sensation with Martin Garrix and Brooks, “Like I Do.” This time around however, Guetta has recruited some additional star power from European house’s heyday with Showtek.

“Your Love” sees Guetta enlist the tried-and-true talent of the Dutch producer duo for a anthemic progressive product that emulates all the tropes of a massive main stage hit from the early 2010’s. It should come as no surprise that the three forces at work here forge another invigorating dance floor bombshell, bringing two of the most enduring names in European dance music back together for another collaboration, four years after 2014’s “Bad.” Now, their new track’s melodic synth displays and colossal big-room fervor make it the perfect inclusion to poolside playlist and club sets alike.

David Guetta & Sia – Flames (Robin Schulz Remix)

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Robin Schulz, the German producer widely recognized for his island-channeling guitar riffs, has delivered his warm-weather remix of David Guetta and Sia‘s “Flames.” Guetta and Sia recently reunited for the track to follow up the unearthly success of their 2011 single, “Titanium.”

Schulz offers “Flames” his signature tropical touch, further accentuating Sia’s sweltering vocals. With Guetta’s subtle percussion replaced by Schulz’s momentous drum beats and distorted voice synths, the remix transcends the pop-centric “Flames” into a more forthright dance track.

Schulz secured his consummate remixer status in 2014 after both his renditions of Lilly Wood and The Prick’s “Prayer In C” and Mr. Probz‘s “Waves” went gold and platinum, respectively, topping worldwide charts.