One of the reasons Dillon Francis left Columbia Records early last year was because he “didn’t think they would get” the Spanish-language album he was working on. “It’s funny now because they probably would have, because of the state of the music today,” he said during an album release livestream last week for Wut Wut, his second proper studio effort. “Who doesn’t love how Spanish sounds?”
Indeed, Latin sounds and crossover artists continue to rule the dance and pop charts. But Francis’ fans know he’s not jumping on the bandwagon; he broke out in 2010 as one of the artists who popularized the moombahton movement. “That’s what originally got me into any Spanish style of music, and it was through making that for that long that I thought it would be really cool to work with the artists where [those sounds] come from.”
The result is the breezy, 11-track Wut Wut, which glides through various genres and is stacked with standout vocal performances from guests like teen Dominican-American singer-songwriter Yashua and Puerto Rican reggaeton artist De La Ghetto. Here are three of the album’s songs we’ve got on repeat:
“Esta Noche” Mexican singer and actress (and Grammy nominee) Ximena Sariñana captivates with sweet melodies on this midtempo moomba track—a smooth-flowing favorite that could easily rest on the radio next to any Calvin Harris or Kygo jam.
“We the Funk” Another potential pop gem features Miami-born Fuego, who rides a slow-burning beat with contrasting whisper/rasp vocals until the chorus breaks open with clipped horns and guitars. Then, you dance.
“Bababa (Vete Pa’Ya)” Custom-made for big festival bouncing, the spinning, syncopated layers of this beat make for a funky foundation as Francis and fiery upstart rapper and IG star Young Ash command you to “Clap your hands, mahfuh!”
DILLON FRANCIS October 11, 10:30 p.m., $25-$35, Encore Beach Club at Night, 702-770-7300. October 17, 10:30 p.m., $35-$45, Intrigue, 702-770-7300.