Moombahton was always the dominate inspiration for Dillon Francis‘ early electronic music productions. The now platinum-selling DJ and producer initially made history in 2012 as “the first moombahton artist to achieve the number-one spot on Beatport” with his Something, Something Awesome EP.
After riding out the massive success of his debut Money Sucks, Friends Rule LP, which landed on Rolling Stone’s “Top Electronic Albums of 2014” list, Francis began teasing his next album long ago. Francis now returns to his moombahton roots with his sophomore full-length studio effort, WUT WUT, out now on his own IDGAFOS imprint.
“When I was in Mexico promoting We the Funk, everyone was like, ‘Thank you so much for making music in Spanish, thank you for pushing the music.’” Francis tells Rolling Stone. “That’s really what the whole project was about: to show people where I originally got [inspiration] from. Moombahton is reggaeton meets dance music, and that’s why I wanted to work with Spanish artists, so that people could understand that this is where the music came from. So if anything, I’m just trying to give back to where a lot of my success came from.”
Amid the previously released tracks, “White Boi” and the Latin Grammy and Latin American Music Awards-nominated “Sexo,” are 11 tracks that scale the continuum of Latin crossover. WUT WUT also boasts a number of high-profile artists, including Happy Colors, De La Ghetto, Young Ash, Arcangel, and more.
Drawing on Latin influence musical styles and Spanish-speaking lyrics, WUT WUT combines Francis’ passion for moombahton with his love of Spanish culture. It’s nothing short of a match made in crossover heaven.
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