IS THE LOUDNESS WAR OVER?

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IS THE LOUDNESS WAR OVER?

Have we finally stepped back from the endless arms race to sound louder and more powerful than the competition? For a while in certain quarters of drum & bass it felt we’d lost focus of the groove and vibe and seemed wholly fixated on how loud and powerful the productions were. For every talented artist who can balance both groove and production complexity, there have been countless records that matched the technical weight but felt cold, soulless and clinical in the groove department. Recently it feels like we’ve stepped back from constantly redlining and compressing and focused on vibe again? More artists are discussing this in interviews but is it happening across the genre? And how have streaming platforms’ own normalising processes affected the loudness war? We find out…