Relentless Beats

Mondays with Dillon

Besides the hangovers and bruised egos, the post spring break doldrums aren’t all that bad. With break over, it means that the next event on the social calendar I’ll actually be looking forward to is my annual musical Christmas. With four short weeks separating me from the Mecca of music festivals in North America, I am in in pure preparation mode for Coachella.

Back to the music after the spring break binge, Los Angeles raised music producer Dillon Francis brings a refreshing new sound to the incorrectly categorized and overplayed ‘dubstep’ tracks that have been ruining my mood for the past few weeks now.

Bringing it down to around a steady 110 beats per minute, Dillon’s genre is straight moonbahton (Check Wikipedia if unsure), which should give you an idea that this guy likes to get down. I don’t expect you to pick up that sort of music jargon, but put it this way: Dillon is described by some as the “Galactic Emperor of Moombah”. Go ahead and make up whatever you want about what that means, but the blending of reggae and percussion with electro beats makes him easy to listen to. At the same time, even the heaviest of bass heads will find an appreciation for the noise Dillon brings.

He tore it up two weeks ago at Snowball Festival in Vail, Colorado, and then reportedly walked off stage at an after party while opening for Dada Life because the sound sucked in the venue.

That sort of bro means it’s only fitting that I give this LA native a shout out this Monday morning. I know he isn’t playing at Coachella, but trust me, this guy will be making big waves on the festival circuit this summer. And with the help of recent collaborations with my Mad Decent and my boy Diplo, don’t sleep on Dillon this summer.

Dillon Francis – I.D.G.A.F.O.S. 2.0

First, I got this track which is the second version of one of Francis’ most recognizable songs, “I.D.G.A.F.O.S”, to get you going this morning.

Dillon Francis – Falling Up

Secondly, you have to check out “Falling Up” and this remix he made of Take It Back by Toddla T. I know that he isn’t new, I won’t try and to tell you that I’m breaking any sort of underground legend, the fact of the matter is Dillon is well on his way to becoming a major player in the darker side of the dance music scene alongside guys like Diplo and A-Trak who have led the way in music pioneering in the dance scene the past few years.

Officially, you are one day closer to the weekend.

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