Having originally set a release date of early 2013, Los Angeles superstar DJ Dillon Francis finally gets round to unveiling the debut album he’s described as “the bane of my existence,” aka Money Sucks, Friends Rule.
The 27-year-old’s first studio effort may have been a little more torturous to piece together than he’d have liked, but packed with club bangers that cleverly bridge the gap between his speaker-blasting electro-house roots and the poppier end of the dance spectrum, it’s a record which proves that his slaving away has largely paid off.
The hard-hitting beats, scuzzy synths and Twista’s breakneck-speed rhymes on opener “All That,” which is swiftly followed by the Middle Eastern-inspired trap of DJ Snake collaboration “Get Low,” initially suggests we’re in for a ride that is at least as wild as Money Sucks, Friends Rule’s garish neon-colored artwork.
But although Dillon Francis certainly hasn’t shied away from the kind of floor-shaking anthems upon which he’s built his name – the robotic electro of “Not Butter” wastes no time by kicking off with one of the most almighty bass drops you’ll hear all year, while the twitchy big room house of “Set Me Free” and raucous hypeman chants of “What’s That Spell” are also likely to keep the fratboy brigade happy – there are also several more melodic offerings which suggest that the elusive crossover hit is imminent.
Featuring guest vocals by The Chain Gang of 74, “When We Were Young” evokes the soaring hands-in-the-air EDM-pop of Swedish House Mafia’s signature hit, “Don’t You Worry Child.” Another unlikely collaborator, Panic at the Disco’s Brendan Urie, adds a similarly emo vibe to the slow-motion grooves of “Love in the Middle of a Firefight,” while “We Are Impossible,” a hook-up with Aussie synth-pop duo The Presets, is an unexpected venture into early 80s new wave.
Dillon Francis recently climbed 19 places to No. 54 on the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, and Money Sucks, Friends Rule indicates that a similarly lofty climb shouldn’t be out of the question next time around.