Dillon Francis

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Hong Kong is hot for reggaeton and dancehall tunes. Just head to XXX for their somewhat-regular Future Dancehall nights and you’ll get a first-hand experience of how reggae-inspired tunes inspire many-a hip gyration throughout the night. The latest incarnation of this genre is moombahton. Baltimore DJ Dave Nada is credited with creating this new style by mixing house and reggae tunes, and one of its hottest supporters is a young DJ called Dillon Francis.

After cutting his teeth releasing dubstep productions as a record label intern, Francis made friends with influential DJs like Stretch Armstrong and Diplo and was introduced to the relatively new genre of moombahton. Touching on his dubstep background, he got to work on his first release – Que Que – a saucy banger put together with the help of Diplo and vocals from frequent Mad Decent collaborator Maluca. But it wasn’t until his first solo release, Masta Blasta, that Francis not only put his name but the moombahton genre in the spotlight. With plenty of drops and deeper-than-deep bass, the song prompted tastemaking BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac to declare that moombahton ‘made sense’ to her after listening to the tune.

Francis’ tracks have since been picked up by pretty much every big name in the biz – Steve Aoki, Will.i.am and Sinden, and he’s put the moombah-touch on remixed tracks like CSS’ Hit Me Like A Rock. Recent releases like October’s Bootleg Fireworks and collaboration with A-Trak called Money Makin’ have seen Francis’ tunes sped up just a touch with a bit more twitch than his breakout hit – perhaps a reflection of moombahton’s recent evolution. Andrea Yu 

Volar Thu Dec 13 Tickets: amiando.com.

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