‘This Mixtape is Fire’ is a hot release


Mustafa Tikiwala, Staff Writer

Dillon Francis’ new Dance/Electronic Dance Music Extended Play, “This Mixtape Is Fire” was released on Aug. 14, 2015 and is pretty much what the title says, fire. This new EP shows just how versatile Francis can be, it includes an array of genres, but always goes back to Dillon’s moombahton core.

His last EP, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule,” showed fans the same old silly Dillon persona they have known since 2011, but this new EP portrays a more laid-back Dillon that some may not have anticipated. Each one of the tracks on this EP fits perfectly in a club scene, as the opening song “Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin’)” does a great job of setting up the feel for the rest of the album. The opening track makes the listener want to get up no matter where they are and start dancing.

Further into the tracklist you’ll find songs like “Bun Up The Dance” and “Pull It”, which show the DJ paired with the likes of Skrillex and Bro Safari respectively. One of the true gems of the album is the song “What’s Your Name,” produced with Calvin Harris. The song is filled with synths and it sounds refined. The track gives Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where Are You Now” some really solid competition.

However, Francis’ new EP isn’t all butterflies and sunshine. Some songs just aren’t as moombahton sounding as others. “Lies (feat. Chromeo)” sounds more like a song by the featured artist and less like a Francis production. “Coming Over,” a song co produced with Kygo should have been a hit, seeing that both artists are masters of their trade, but the song sounds the least like moombahton compared to the other six tracks. Dillon and Kygo’s styles are just so different, that in the end the song doesn’t sound like something by either artist.

The final track on the seven song EP is a remix of “I Can’t Take It,” from Dillons previous album, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule.” The remix is by Party Favor, who give the song a nice dose of trap.

“This Mixtape Is Fire” topped the Dance/EDM charts upon release, with 9,000 sales, according to Nielsen Music, an amazing accomplishment for the artist. Francis was first noticed by Diplo in 2011, who then signed Francis for Mad Decent record label, which he owned. The album is pretty great but at the same time it has its drawbacks. The album gets four stars out of five, simply because of the lack of moombah in two of the songs.