It’s always a little funny when an artist releases a debut album even though he’s been making hits for a few years. But make no mistake, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, the solid debut album from the notoriously goofy Dillon Francis, is the definition of coming out swinging. With an impressive roster of collaborators and an eclectic mish-mash of styles and genres, Dillon Francis’s brainchild is definitely going to turn some heads and probably start a few house parties too. Setting the tone with “All That,” a hyped-up track featuring the blistering rhymes of Twista, MSFR takes listeners on a whirlwind journey through the interesting and surprising mind of Dillon Francis. Though he is often pigeon-holed as a strictly moombahton producer, Mr. Francis makes it abundantly clear that he can do whatever the fuck he wants by dabbling with all kinds of genres including trappy heaters like “Get Low ft. DJ Snake,” big room bangers like “Set Me Free ft. Martin Garrix,” and indie synth jams like “Love in the Middle of a Firefight ft. Brandon Urie [of Panic at the Disco].” Even though he has already amassed a loyal fan base, this album, which appeals to any and all listeners, ought to increase the size of it overnight. In spite of his perpetual goofiness, I think it’s safe to say that Dillon Francis is ready to be taken seriously in the world of electronic music. Enjoy the partial album below, but grab your copy ASAP if you want to hear the real deal.
One of my favorite things in the world is to come across really great, unique music (of any kind) that avoids conventionality and speaks to the soul. That’s why I was pumped to come across the somewhat enigmatic, but very talented German producer Baq5 (aka Fabian Imbri). Combining an eclectic mix of genre influences—progressive, smooth jazz, disco, electro, and house—his debut album Times Like This is a so flawlessly put together and produced, you will definitely keep going back for more. With varied styles and tempos, each song has its own unique vibe with some being more sultry and sexy, and others being more suited to a disco club. The opening track “Until We Meet Again,” features an incredibly smooth saxophone over a pulsing house beat that makes you feel like you just stepped into some dark, underground lounge. This in contrast to more bumping track like “With You” and “Android 52” that pick up the tempo and get the party started. Show your support by purchasing the album on Bandcamp, but most importantly spread the word and enjoy!