French banger machine turn popstar, DJ SNAKE, has today dropped his debut album titled “Encore”, and after giving it a quick listen my first impression is that it’s going to split people right down the ‘middle’ (pun definitely intended).
It’s a wildly varied affair including some of the more placid tropical house pop songs like “Sober” ft. JRY and “Talk” ft talented Aussie singer/songwriter George Maple, in a stark contrast to frenzied festival trap tunes like “Propaganda” and “Ocho Cinco” ft. Yellow Claw. The banger fans will likely hate the pop songs and the pop fans will likely hate the bangers. It’s too early to gauge public perception just yet of course, but it will be interesting to see if fans will unite over the album or if it’s vast divide will be it’s downfall.
There’s also a swag of credited collaborators on the album, in addition to the ones mentioned before you’ll also catch snippets of Skrillex, Moksi, Bipolar Sunshine, Justin Bieber, Jeremih, Travi$ Scott, Yung Thug and like a handful more too. So y’know, just a casual few billion Facebook fans between them all…
My personal pick of the album would have to be “Sahara” featuring ya boi Skrillex. If you plotted every track from the album on a graph of pop-song to filthy-banger, this would probably sit right around the middle. Skrill and Snake have made their fair share of chart-toppers in their combined careers, so they know the structure and balance of a true pop song however with “Sahara” they’ve used that insight and knowledge but applied it to banger-production and synths. It’s a clever track when you really dissect it.
Either way settle in, you’re probably gonna be hearing cuts off this album on commercial radio for the 6-12 months easily.