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In the world of Electronic Dance Music, names come and go; one-hit-wonders litter the charts and fame can only last for as long as it takes for listeners to be bored with your track in an incredibly fast-paced and release-saturated section of the music industry. Yet some producers and DJ’s have managed to cement themselves as innovative front-runners, creating new sounds that the rest of the industry will try to copy and breaking out of confining genre-boxes. One such artist is international club-shaker Dillon Francis.

Dillon Francis rose to fame in 2011 with the release of “Masta Blasta”, a track he originally wrote as a 130-bpm Dutch House piece, but then released at 110 bpm after being inspired by the godfather of moombahton, Munchi. Almost immediately after, Francis signed with Diplo’sMad Decent label, where he revolutionized the sound of moombahton and brought the subgenre into the international EDM spotlight.

Since then, Francis has come a long way, dabbling in every new genre just for long enough to show his musical proficiency and his ability to adapt before surprising fans with something totally different. Most recently, this “something different” comes in the form of a new album called Money Sucks, Friends Rule, which was released on October 27th.

The album is different from any of Francis’ previous releases in that the primary focus of the album was collaboration. Artists that appear on the album include trap powerhouse DJ Snake, big room behemoth Martin Garrix, Twista, Sultan + Ned Shepard, Brendon Urie, and Major Lazer, to name a few. Obviously, Money varies in style and doesn’t cling to a single genre as most of Francis’ multiple-track releases have in the past.

Why should you care? Well, Francis has announced a huge North American tour, which will be stopping in Philadelphia on November 26th at The Electric Factory. Francis will be supported by Melbourne bounce producer TJR and Hoodboi, and he will most certainly be displaying the range of his album in a set with a diverse mixing style that only he can execute. Tickets can be found here, and the album is available for download through iTunes, his website, or Beatport.

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