Over the course of his 16 year career, seasoned global veteran David Guetta has lived through all the major phases. Or so he says. The French producer recounts the accompanied feelings of each passing stage in a press release.

“When you’re just starting out as an artist, you go step-by-step, and it’s only positive energy; passion, love, challenges. The second phase, if you’re successful, is when you’re at the top and the energy changes to fear, because when you’re at the top, you can not go up any more.”

What Guetta seems to be getting at is how the release of his lengthy two-disc 7 LP, named quite literally for his seventh studio album, marks a new chapter in his storied career.

“Now, I feel like I’ve reached a third phase where I just want to put a lot of music out that I love. 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.”

The first half of 7 serves up a heaping dose of radio friendly dance/pop productions alongside a star-studded cast of collaborators in Bebe RexhaJason DeruloJustin BieberLil Uzi VertSteve AokiMartin Garrix,  Nicki Minaj and Willy William. The standout track on the album belongs to the Sia-assisted “Flames,” which comes as a follow-up to their massively successful 2011 hit, “Titanium.”

Spanning the latter half of the album is music from Guetta’s grittier alter ego, Jack Back, which ventures back to his underground club music days. The 12 tracks feature drawn out tech house progressions, textured layers, and unmistakable warehouse vibes.

“The album is called 7 because it’s my seventh album, which is crazy when I think about it, because that’s a lot of music,” Guetta says more of the album. “7 is a magical number and represents a full cycle to me.

David Guetta’s 7 is out now on What a MusicParlophone Records, and Warner Music Group‘s Big Beat Records.

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Written by Ryan Morse

I'm probably listening to Bassnectar.