Ending a 15 month wait for fans around the world, R7 is back and better than ever with a new EP featuring singer/songwriter Ennovi. “The Ride” EP is out now on Clubstream and available in all major retailers.
“We are thrilled to present new material from U.S. EDM duo R7. Featuring talented vocalist Ennovi, this single offers the powerful dance anthem “The Ride” as well as the deeper and cooler house number Wait for You. Brilliant stuff!” – Clubstream
“Northwest favorites who’ve grown their fan-base with their quality tunes and passion for music, R7’s ability to guide you through genres without your awareness makes all of their original products worth a listen.” – Dance Music Northwest
R7 is closing out summer with the new progressive mainstage EP, Close Your Eyes. Defiantly shattering expectations, Close Your Eyes is a massive follow-up to their hit debut Superhero EP (Rubicon 7), which rocketed into the Beatport Top 10 simultaneously in Techno, Progressive House and Breaks.
The radio-friendly original mixes have a solidly progressive house feel, yet the EP as a whole shows R7’s unmistakable disregard for genre boundaries, combining elements from Electro House, Techno, Trance and Pop.
Close Your Eyes is rounded out with energetic club mixes and a bass heavy late night mix of Love Will Carry Us — with stunning original vocals and driving beats, this EP hits on every level.
The EP will be be released on Clubstream (Sweden), the home of previous standout Rubicon 7 singles including You Fall Down and Triton.
To prepare for each week’s new Under The Influence broadcast on Digitally Imported Mainstage, I spend my Tuesdays sifting through anywhere from 500 to 1,000 new tracks that land in the R7 promo inbox and new releases in the Beatport queue. From there, I narrow it down to about 15 tracks that I think represent the best and most exciting productions in electronic music for the week, no matter if they were produced by heavyweights like Zedd or deadmau5, or an unknown newcomer just breaking on to the scene. We play the top tracks, not necessarily the top names.
After a while though, certain patterns emerge and part of my job is to recognize them. For example, by paying attention to what various labels are releasing, it becomes clear what styles and micro-genres are on the way up and which are on their way out. This is because certain labels are consistently on the leading edge while others always seem to pick up on the hottest trends just a few months too late. If you examine our playlists over the past 100 or so episodes, you’ll see which labels so often make the cut while some otherwise well-known labels never seem to get any love on our show because they are stuck behind the curve.
Lately, I’ve begun to notice a new current among many of those “leading edge” labels and artists: a noticeable shift away from pure loudness in favor of clarity and dynamics. And just as with the latest trends and sounds, so many of the “follower” labels are left playing catch-up with a dying trend as they continue slam their masters as close to 0dB as possible. There was a time when soul-crushing loudness was the trademark of the majors, but with the widespread availability of today’s new mastering tools and techniques, those days are clearly over. However, one thing that still separates the top tier from most everyone else is the ability to wield those tools and techniques with pro-level finesse and purpose.
Fast forward to 4:18 for some choice words on the topic from one of the pioneers of modern electronic music.
“You’ve got a volume knob for that, dude…and if it’s not loud enough, buy an amp and some better speakers.” – Deadmau5
As more of the major labels and artists continue to hold on to the spotlight with quality mixes that aren’t pure decibels, it seems possible that the loudness wars might almost be over. So if your primary goal for a master is to max out your RMS and fill out your waveform like a sausage, then congratulations…your ears are bleeding while everyone else is already moving on to dynamics and quality.