Last Monday, Dillon Francis released his Money Sucks, Friends Rule (MSFR) album. I have to say, this was one of the most anticipated album releases I’ve experienced in years. The days leading up to the drop of MSFR album were very well marketed. #MoneySucksFriendsRule was trending on Twitter long before the tour even began (I’d say huge marketing/PR success)! Dillon Francis is definitely one of the fastest rising stars in EDM currently. Within 36 hours of the album being released, it earned the No. 1 Dance album spot on iTunes. Dillon Francis appropriately responded with the following:
“Thank you again for making yesterday one of the greatest days of my life!! This album has been a labor of love that I got to work on with a lot of amazing friends. I’m so happy I finally got to share all the songs with you! Thanks for sticking with me and being my friends. I hope this album brings you happiness and good times because that’s all I ever want for everyone. Thank you!!!!! Love, Dillon”
Money Sucks, Friends Rule covers a wide variety of genres, from trap to moombahton and everything else in between- it really does show Dillon and friends’ musical talents. So, let’s start from the beginning.. Kicking off the album is “All That,” featuring Twista and The Rejectz–a pure trap song with Twista infamously spitting fire. This fast-pace beat goes quite well with the funky rhythm. Personally, I like it. The lyrics are a bit dirty at times, but overall I think it provides the album with a nice twist (pun intended). Next up is “Get Low,” this was the first single released the disc. This collab with DJ Snake gets people movin’ through the sounds of trap and moombaton along with a slight Middle Eastern sound in addition. The infamous repeated six words, “get low when the whistle blows,” have already been played numerous times throughout festivals and the two Mad Decent producers have successfully been making fans “Get Low.” Song number three is “When We Were Young.” I’m calling it now, this song will be a radio hit shortly. It’s one of the most mainstream sounds on the entire album, featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard and The Chain Gang of 1974, Dillon Francis gives us a song primed for 96.9 FM radio. “When We Were Young” debuts an upbeat progressive sound. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad song; however, it is just a little too catchy for my liking. It definitely shows off Francis’ musical talent with its feel good vibes and melodic riff–this tune will definitely open up a new wave of audiences for Francis. Released as a single a couple weeks ago, the two Dutch DJ’s Francis and Martin Garrix collaborated for the fourth track, “Set Me Free.” Combining Garrix’s big room sound with Francis’ funky bounce moombahton style with a huge drop, this track definitely something that will be hitting stages everywhere. Let’s hope the two of them get together more frequently and create beautiful music for our ears. After “Set Me Free,” the fifth song “Drunk All The Time,” will take audiences by surprise. Teaming up once again with Simon Lord, since previously releasing Messages, the two spiced things up with a very groovy beat flowing beautifully with Lord’s soothing vocals. This song makes me feel all types of happy and chilled out; Francis really took me by surprise. Although this is one of my favorite tracks from the album, I wouldn’t expect to see it worked into many of Dillon’s sets…it just doesn’t fit. “Love In The Middle of a Firefight” is the album’s definite cross over to the pop side track, and is destined to be all over radio stations everywhere shortly. This pop-y hit features Panic! At The Disco singer Brendan Urie. Brendan sings some pretty emotional lyrics but the perfect pitched voice is beautifully layer over a soft electro-rock/pop vibe. Dillon Francis really laid back on this one and let Urie take the lead, there aren’t any big drops or extremely noticeable EDM elements to it, which again demonstrates Money Sucks Friends Rules’ immense versatility. Next, probably one of the most hyped up songs since MSFR was released, titled “Not Butter.” This is the first track on the album that doesn’t feature another artist and is definitely….weird. Another one of my favorite tracks on the album, this electro track has a female robot voice talking about, well…butter. She enlightens us with what we can put it on nonetheless. This is definitely a song we can expect to hear in sets across the board. The eighth song, “I Can’t Take It” was released as a single back in August. It has Francis’ signature moombahton feel and distorted voices. It’s a very upbeat danceable song and has a catchy bouncy baseline– I definitely dig it. Unlike the other songs on Money Sucks, Friends Rule everything this track really sticks with Dillon Francis’ “traditional” sound. “We Are Impossible,” which features The Presets is up next. The incredibly catchy, skewed vocals work perfectly with the refreshing pop-y yet progressive house feel in the background. I think this song is placed perfectly after two heavy “Signature Francis” songs and before the next…this one definitely has a sing-a-long feel to it. After what to some might feel like the breath of fresh air track, “We Make It Bounce,” featuring Major Lazer & Stylo G brings a very bass heavy beat and reggae feel. “We Make It Bounce” is probably my favorite track on the MSFR album, I just love the incorporated reggae aesthetics and sick drop. This track is also one you can expect to be dropped by DJs everywhere, at least I hope
“What’s That Spell” is a beautiful collaboration between Dillon Francis and TJR (another one of my favorite DJs). It definitely has more of a TJR signature bounce style than Francis’ moombahton/electro elements, but the two work very well together to create a funky beat that gets me goin’. My only issue with this track, is that it’s a littttttle too repetitive with the lyrics.
Lastly, we bring the album to a close with “Hurricane.” A beautiful track, really. “Hurricane” features on point vocals from Lily Elise. It has a dance feel to it as well, with its pop-y sound. It’s a the perfect combination of mainstream and electro. I can’t imagine this track being anywhere else but closing Money Sucks, Friends Rule.
All in all, I really think this album will do unimaginable things for Dillon Francis. He definitely showed off his tremendous genre versatility. Don’t be surprised if you hear over half of these tracks on the radio soon. Money Sucks, Friends Rule is going to take Francis’ recognition to an entirely new level and he will definitely become an even bigger name in the EDM scene. He definitely deserves it though!!