When a rumored tracklist for superstar DJ Snake‘s new album leaked earlier this month on Reddit, fans were delighted at the superstar producer’s ability to wrangle a diverse selection of collaborations that defy genre. Among the high-profile names that DJ Snake had enlisted for his full-length sophomore effort were Cardi B, J. Balvin, Majid Jordan, Sean Paul, and Selena Gomez.
Now Carte Blanche has arrived a day early, and the full album delivers even more diversity as Snake works towards experimenting with all types of sound. In a statement released Thursday, the Parisian powerhouse said his key inspirations behind the 17-track project were his international travels and continued dedication to open-minded, genre-less creativity.
From exploring the grimier corners of dubstep alongside Zomboy and EPTIC, to the sultry underground stylings of a ZHU collaboration, to his “Made In France” anthem with close friends Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer, DJ Snake truly explores the full gambet of pop-infused electronic dance music. While the album feels more like a collection of tracks than a cohesive listening journey, it’s clear that Carte Blanche seeks to experiment with a range of sounds and styles that fans typically wouldn’t hear from DJ Snake.
Fittingly, DJ Snake also uses the iconic Paris monument, The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, as the album’s cover artwork. Carte Blanche is out now on Geffen Records.