Jack Ü – Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Ü Review [4/4]

After months of non-stop hype I believe I do not need to introduce this out of this world duo! Diplo and Skrillex have finally released the Jack Ü album on February 27th, a collaborative we have waited a year on since their debut in Ultra Miami in 2014. Well the wait is officially over. But the question now is: Did the Jack Ü album live up to the hype? For me it most definitely did, but to my surprise many are greatly disappointed. Let’s face it Diplo and Skrillex are crazy, so it’s no surprise that their album is all over the place. I believe that this was Jack Ü’s purpose, to go all out in their mission to bring upon a new face of sound into EDM. The album offers something for everyone, from influences from Major Lazer’s Jamaican vibe, to the fast-paced drops of Jungle Bae, Beats Knockin, robotic sounding Holla Out, or Keisza’s hit Take U. And of course how can we forget “Yeah, I’m the shit, I should have Febreze on it!”…. well I can’t really say what the targeted audience was for this song. My personal favorite song on the album is Mind which features Kai. Sonny Moore’s vocals in this song blew my mind and have me playing this song on constant replay. Whether you like the album or not, everyone has to admit that it did bring back Missy Eliot and Justin Bieber from the dead. I mean come on if you can make a Justin Bieber song bearable, even maybe enjoyable you got to have some kind of talent?Jack U

The tracklist features:

01 “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some…”

02 “Beats Knockin” (Feat. Fly Boi Keno)

03 “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza)

04 “Febreze” (Feat. 2 Chainz)

05 “To Ü” (Feat. AlunaGeorge)

06 “Jungle Bae” (Feat. Bunji Garlin)

07 “Mind” (Feat. Kai)

08 “Holla Out” (Feat. Snails & Taranchyla)

09 “Where Are Ü Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber)

10 “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza) [Missy Elliott Remix]


Borgore – The Buygore Album Review [2/4]

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Just 6 short months after releasing #NewGoreOrder, Borgore releases the Buygore Album. Releasing the album on January 13, Borgore attempts to generate even more hype for The Buygore Show Tour which starts just two days later in Orlando, Florida. Borgore is making a his Chicago tour stop on Saturday February 7th to a sold out show at Concord Music Hall. Dotcom, Riggi & Piros and Sikdope join Borgore in select cities on tour as supporting acts. The album itself includes collaborations with all tour mates as well as other artists including Ookay.

borgore - the buygore show tourThe Buygore Album is sure to please the most hardcore and ratchet of Borgore fans, but will certainly let down the casual fan, like me, who needed a bit convincing to buy what he is selling. This short 8 track album has everything you would expect: the raunchy lyrics, R rated themes, ridiculously weird sounds, some trap and of course Borgore singing.

The opening song “Blow Your Mind” (feat Borgore) is as good as trap gets, at least for me. With Ookay behind the song it’s sure to please the trap lovers, and warns the audience that this is not in fact the #NEWGOREORDER Borgore we came to love but yet another reincarnation. The absolute gem of the album is “Set Free” (feat. Yael), her voice takes the track to level no amount of bass or dirt can do to any other of Borgore’s tracks. She was also featured in one song on #NEWGOREORDER and I doubt this is the last well see of her.  “Cant Squad with us” is the most dubstep song of the album and is sure to start a new hash tag trend on twitter. Borgore provides the calm yet dissing lyrics to all his haters while the filthy drop pleases the ears of any Borgore/dubstep fan.  “Nope” feat Shay Gray gives you a heavy dose of hip hop influence with a good beat so it definitely grows on you.

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“Lindsay Lohan” feat. Juaz has a good steady beat and deserves credible mention, but unfortunately its boring and mundane. It’s a house song that never was. It is but it isn’t and that’s why it’s neither good or bad, it’s just there to take up space.

The line is drawn with “Dolphin Attack” and “Space Kitten Invasion”. “Dolphin Attack” at least structurally makes some sense while “Space Kitten Invasion” is just way out there. I have no clue how this song will work itself into any of his set but I guess we’ll have to find out on Saturday night.

My final collusion is that I miss the #NewGoreOrder Borgore. Maybe it was a more mainstream sound but I didn’t feel awkward listening to it. I already went from liking a select few of his old tracks to loving #NewGoreOrder giving it 4 out of 4 stars, but I cannot give this average album more than an average 2 out of 4. Here’s hoping Borgore blows my mind at Concord Music Hall.



Dillon Francis – Money Sucks Friends Rule [3.5/4]

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Wow, what a difference a year can make; the last time I saw Dillon Francis was at the Aragon Ballroom when he played an after party with Excision. Unfortunately both let me down that night and I ended up leaving the show early. Fast forward to 2014 after months of touring the biggest festivals in the world and releasing a few hit singles Dillon Francis comes out with a much anticipated 1st album Money Sucks Friends Rule. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Dillon, but I started to like his sound after he dropped his single “Messages” and after “Get Low” hit the airwaves I knew I wanted more. That song alone got Dj Snake on my radar. Money Sucks, Friends Rule will definitely give everyone something to listen to. The first song “All that” had to grow on me mainly because of the hip hop influence once it did it completed what is a very multi dimensional album that you can put on repeat for nonstop dancing action. From slower songs to some awesome melodies and drops this album has it all. If you needed any more reason to see Dillon at the Aragon ballroom on Friday December 5, this is it. I give this album 4 out of 4 stars.


Dillon Francis’ first album, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule”, takes #65 on the iTunes top album chart. The DJ granted his fans an album with tons of variety. One song contains rap and dubstep while another has a melody and vocals. You’ll definitely start hearing Francis’ songs at the parties and clubs you go to. I’m rating “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” a 3 out of 4 stars for the vibes and originality.

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The album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, is quite possibly close to perfect! It really comes to no surprise when we find out that Dillon Francis is topping charts left and right. This album offers hit after hit, everybody will find a song on here that they cannot stop replaying. It is honestly refreshing to hear such a great album after well a pretty silent period of NEW in the EDM community. I seriously can’t take it when I listen to “I Can’t Take It.” “We Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” is absolutely weird, but it’s Dillon Francis, so I love it. A refreshing song that is bliss is my ears is most definitely “When We Were Young.” And I think we all know “What’s that Spell.” This album 100% convinced me to see Dillon Francis Dec 5th in Chicago! I”ll go von deeper for this one and give DJ Hanzel/ Rave Dad/ Diplo’s BFF a 4 out of 4!


Dillon Francis’ first album and the most anticipated album of the year brings the best of all worlds to one album by mixing in all types of genres and artists. In just 12 tracks, Dillon manages to squeeze in mumbathon, pop, funk, house, and trap. This album is very original and it is obvious that Dillon put a lot of effort into it. My personal favorite is “Drunk All The Time” since it is a bit calmer (I’m a trance fan). I also like “We Make it Bounce” since I am a Major Lazer fan. Since he has blown fans away during his sets in the last year, I will be sure to see him on his tour. I give this album a 3/4.


Steve Aoki – Neon Future I Review [2.5/4]

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Aoki’s new album Neon Future I was a less anticipated album of the few coming out around the same time. Obviously listeners didn’t know what to expect since Aoki hasn’t been at the top of the charts for a while. Aoki compiled tracks with many unexpected vocalists and artists such as Will.i.am, Waka Flocka, Fall Out Boy, Flux Pavilion, and Chris Lake. My personal favorite track, “Neon Future” , features Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun. All of these songs are more party themed and are very catchy. I give it 3/4!


“Back to Earth,” which features Fall Out Boy is an interesting twist to the whole album and even the EDM scene.  Waka Flocka and Kid Ink rap over the albums two catchiest tracks to me, “Rage the Night Away” and “Delirious.” So from Pete Wentz to Flocka this album basically breaks all barriers. Aoki proved that EDM is so much more than some catchy beats, a loud bass, and random vocals. Overall this is not a super catchy album I’ll see myself listening to but, I will give him credit for trying something new. Neon Future I receives a solid 2 out of 4 from me.

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I’ve always liked Steve Aoki, his music is always on point and his shows are full of energy. Even though I don’t see how throwing cakes or riding a blown up water raft is relevant to the music. Regardless Neon Future I is a solid album. The 4 singles released to build hype for the album ( Rage The Night Away, Delirious, Free The Madness, Get me Outta Here) are definitely hits even though by now they have been overplayed, “Back to Earth” which features Fall Out Boy is a pleasant surprise on the album. It continues with Aoki’s trend of working with non EDM artists. The album is exactly what you expect of Aoki  with a futuristic theme. That being said the album is good not great. I give it 3 out of 4 stars.


Neon Future I, is the mainstream edm scene at its finest. This album lacks creativity and sounds like a typical Aoki track. The album shows that he’s putting too much effort caking fans and not enough effort trying to make good music. No song on the album struck me as a edm music fan; therefore, I’m giving “Neon Future I” a 1 out of 4 stars for being totally predictable.





Today  LUMBERJVCK releases his JVCKWOOD EP. The name could sound familiar as he was an entry into the EDC Chicago 2013 Discovery Project. His blend of dubstep with trap (seems to be a trend in 2014) has brought some success thus far; as his highly successful ‘Click Clvck’ became a staple in Skrillex’s sets on his Mothership Tour.

It’s no surprise that JVCKWOOD EP will be released via Excision’s label Rottun Recordings. This short but sweet EP is  filled with industrial, dark sounding melodies and sounds with heady bass lines similar to those you’d find in Excision’s hits. There is even a small similarity between Skrillex’s earlier albums and some of the sounds you’ll here fading in and out before the womp takes over again. If you’re looking for something new a fresh to rage too this release is for you.


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