Dillon Francis has spent almost a decade emerging into one of the world’s most sought-after DJ/producer talents — a journey that has come with a fair share of accolades and milestones. But something about his back-to-back nominations for a Latin Grammy and a Latin American Music Award for “Sexo” feels extra special… or perhaps, validating. And not just because they are his first nominations for both awards. Francis has spent the better part of the last 18 months retooling his creative and strategic approaches, leaving Colombia Records, and rather, opting for an independent model without the distribution network of a major in his corner. The dice roll resulted in total creative control of his work, and with newfound freedom, he went back to the place he originally planted his roots, moombahton.
But instead of grabbing the low-hanging fruit and picking up where “Que Que” and “Masta Blasta” left off, Francis expanded on his promised return to moombahton and did the same thing for Latin trap and pop as he did for Latin-influenced house stylings back in 2010. Now, its paid off in two major award nominations. At this point, describing Francis’ success as a “return to one’s roots” feels underwhelming. He’s found his lane, and the passion poured into finding and exposing Spanish and Latin American artists the way he has has been profoundly enjoyable to watch unfold.
The music video for the Residente-assisted “Sexo” nabs both nominations before WUT WUT‘s official release on September 29. The Latin American Music Awards air October 25, followed by the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 15.
While Dillon Francis has sampled a variety of production styles over his career, many remember him for his spastic and energetic moombahton tracks that put him on the map. Now, the Mad Decent protégé turned DJ superstar has released a continuous 15 minute Moombahton Mix as a tribute to the genre on which he built his name.
Dillon Francis reaches to his many past collaborators to fill out this mix, as tracks like “Bun Up The Dance” with Skrillex and “Need You” with NGHTMRE showcase the producer’s skill for making the bouncy and vibrant genre that is moombahton. The DJ and producer continues to show an interest in fusing the worlds of dancehall and electronic music, with tracks like “Never Let You Go,” featuring De La Ghetto, and “Ven,” featuring Arcangel and Quimico Ultra Mega, putting the spotlight on some of the world’s top reggaeton talent.
With a Spanish-language album on the way, Dillon Francis’ movement back into the realm of Caribbean rhythms may cement him as one of the most popular and relevant producers of the time.
Dillon Francis continues releasing singles from his upcoming Spanish-language. His new release is a collaboration with Jesse Baez, “Quiero Saber.” It’s a love song about Baez’ obsession for an unknown lover, for all the unanswered questions love might bring. The artist from Guatemala gives the song an emotional weight while Francis does his thing with soca rhythms, catchy ad libs, and emotive vocal chops.
This year, Francis’ released five Spanish singles and one official remix of J Balvin‘s “Machika.” This goes back to his 2011, Westside EP roots with singles “Masta Blasta” and “Que Que” with Diplo and Maluca. Even last year, he released an official remix of “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and a Spanish remix of his own single, “Say Less,” featuring Serko Fu.
Diving deeper, Fancis’ played with the soca rhythm on a lot of his English-language songs too. This next album will be his second studio album. He’s commented about looking for excitement in music again. It seems he’s going back to his moombahton roots.
“Tip pon” that repeat button, for new Major Lazer has arrived.
The trio imbues this week’s New mMusic Friday” with saucy island attitude in the form of “Tip Pon It,” Major Lazer’s latest, and notably, the group’s first collaboration with “Temperature” hit maker, Sean Paul. Paul’s inimitable vocals takes center sonic stage, supported by a thumping, moombahton flavored background beat, and climbing rhythmic rises that demand the occasional shake of the hips, at the very least.
It’s doubtful that anyone will be surprised if the song becomes a festival set favorite this season.
The rollout of Dillon Francis‘ impending mombahton LP has officially begun. January brought “Ven,” which found Francis joining with Puerto Rican songwriter Arcangel and Dominican rapper Quimico Ultra Mega for the record’s lead single. Now the “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.” producer has dropped off the track’s accompanying music video, taking us to the streets of NYC for the new feature. The “Ven” video includes performances from Francis’ Latin co-stars as they deliver slick Spanish bars over a dripping, syrupy moombah beat. However, unlike the majority of additions to Francis’ video catalog, the “We The Funk” producer takes a backseat this time, letting Quimico and Arcangel really own the feature’s spotlight.
Rapping in front of the city’s urban backdrops, accented by doodled animations, the Michael Garcia-directed video even comes complete with a few mentionable cameos from The Kid Mero and viral sensation Pioladitingancia — arguably two of the city’s biggest proponents of Dominican New Yorker culture. This is actually Mero’s second project with Francis, as some might remember him as Dillon’s broccoli nemesis in 2014’s “Exit Through The Donut Shop.” Man, how far we’ve all come.
Since its release, “Ven” just seems to get better with repeated listens and the visuals accurately complement the lead single’s swaggering aesthetic. Now with the release of his new video, the excitement for Dillon Francis’ hotly anticipated moombahton album is officially reaching an all time high.
The producer has officially begun to deliver on his promise of a new moombahton album with the release of its lead single “Ven,” featuring Puerto Rican songwriter Arcangel and Dominican rapper Quimico Ultra Mega.
The album is expected to be chock full of culture-blurring collaborations, with Francis actively traveling over the last year to find the most authentic supporting cast possible for his sophomore LP.
In a note to fans accompanying his first release of 2018, Francis explains,
“For the last 18 months I’ve been spending most of my time between shows at the studio. My goal was to have fun, inspire myself, and make something amazing, so when I got time in the studio I focused on making moombahton records. I asked Toy Selectah to help me source some vocals and we got into an amazing rhythm and I kept writing songs. We went to NY, Miami, Dominican Republic and Mexico City to work and it was some of the most incredible experiences ever. So here’s the first song off my upcoming album…”
Clocking in at the moombah tempo sweet spot, “Ven” drips and drops at 108 beats per minute, roping in heavy hip-hop influences, and carried by sharp hi-hat flurries and sinister Spanish spits from Francis’ Latin co-stars. Last year the “Hello There” producer regained creative control of his music when he parted ways with Columbia Records and we’ve now seen the first fruits of Dillon’s labor.
For his latest heater, Valentino Khan has teamed up with iconic Jamaican vocalist Sean Paul. With Khan’s stellar, crisp production and Paul’s signature reggae-infused vocals, the duo bring an endless summer vibe with “Gold,” out now on OWSLA.
For Khan, the moombahton beat of “Gold” takes him back to when he first started out in dance music.
“I wanted to make a really fun and danceable moombahton record,” Khan says of the track. “I had started out producing moombahton when I first entered the dance music scene, and it was cool to revisit my roots and make a great record with a really good vibe to it.”
“Gold” will be featured on the soundtrack of Major Lazer‘s forthcoming documentary, Give Me Future, out on Apple Music on Nov. 17.
Dillon Francis‘s experimentation continues with his latest release, “Hello There.” The track leans heavily into a Caribbean pop vibe with vocals by Yung Pinch.
“Hello There” can only be described as inherently happy with its upbeat tempo and radio-friendly qualities. Further, the production’s grinning, sun-soaked ebullience would seem to be a better fit for summer — though fans surely won’t be disappointed in a burst of warmth as the months turn cold.
As if premiering his new track on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was not enough, DJ Snake has decided to surprise fans again by dropping his new track “A Different Way” with Lauv a day early.
The song is now available on Spotify, and as we heard in the premiere, the track is well worth the wait. “A Different Way” with Lauv focuses in on the vocals in the intro which fall into a moombahton-meets-pop drop that is undeniably catchy. Count on this track getting stuck on your head as well as played in every club and store alike. DJ Snake has once again mastered extracting the best elements of pop and electronic music to create a song that everyone will love to hate, but ultimately love.
Matthew Danger and Uri Illuz are the musical prodigies behind the Disco Killerz alias. They’re no strangers to success, having their music continually played on SiriusXM’s hottest channels, featured in Spotify playlists, and garnering support from world-renowned DJs like Tiesto and The Chainsmokers.
Gary Nesta Pine, like Disco Killerz, is no stranger to success. Pine is best known for being the lead singer for Bob Marley‘s Wailers and for his success with European dance hits like “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom.” His rise to the European dance music scene occurred when Pine collaborated with French DJ and producer, Bob Sinclair back in 2006. He was featured on four tracks on Sinclair’s Western Dream album.
The perfect blend between reggae and dance music is this collaboration between Disco Killerz and Gary Nesta Pine. Deep plucks, bells, and Pine’s vocals combined with a warm, tropical vibe carves this song into the perfect tropical vacation tune.