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With all the attention electronic dance music (EDM) has been getting lately, keeping up with the genre and all of its subgenres can seem like a fulltime job. But when you finally stumble upon an artist that’s making unique new tracks, it’s like you hit the jackpot.
This is how I felt when I first found Dillon Francis. And even though it has been over a year since then, I still get excited when the DJ, who is known for his epic moombahton tracks and affinity for cats and Taco Bell, releases a new track. So when Valentine’s Day rolled around and he released a remix of his own song, “Bootleg Fireworks (The Rebirth)”, I immediately signed up to receive the free single.
Francis’s tracks continue to impress me because he does what most DJs forget to do: he keeps his sound fresh by experimenting, but ultimately stays true to his roots. With so many DJs working together and bouncing ideas off of each other, it seems that a lot of them are abandoning their style in exchange for whatever the hot new craze is. When dubstep burst onto the scene a few years ago, everyone started making dubstep songs. And the same thing happened more recently when trap took over the EDM world.
While these popular styles of EDM had a definite influence on Francis’s most recent track, he still keeps it classic moombahton. The genre, which has yet to really explode for some unknown reason, is a mix of house music and reggaeton. A lot of popular EDM subgenres feature tracks around 120 to 150 beats per minute, but moombahton has a steady bpm of 108 to 115. It’s still fast enough to dance the night away to, but the slower tempo mixes things up and adds a bit of spice to the EDM scene.
The wonderful thing about “Bootleg Fireworks (The Rebirth)” is that it allowed Francis to mess around with his own song and create an interesting new sound. The original mix of Bootleg Fireworks is very easily identifiable as a moombahton track. In the rebirth edition, however, it is clear that Francis gave himself room to experiment with his sound. This resulted in an amazing track that is a bit faster, heavier, and more aggressive than the original. Both are moombahton-gold as far as I’m concerned, but the remix definitely has that special something that makes it stand out from the sea of mediocre EDM songs being uploaded to the internet every second these days.
Francis records on a variety of labels, including Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak records, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records, Diplo’s Mad Decent label, and Skrillex’s OWSLA label. If you like his sound, you can check him out when he comes to play at Boston’s House of Blues on March 27.