DJ Snake Finally Releases Debut Album 'Encore' to Mixed Reviews
It was DJ Snake's production work for Lady Gaga's 2011 album Born This Way that earned him his first Grammy nomination for the 2012 Album of the Year, but it was his single "Bird Machine" featuring Alesia that thrust him into the international spotlight as a solo artist after its release on Mad Decent in 2013.
In 2013, we also got the hit "Turn Down for What" with Lil Jon as well as the popular remix of AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It," which saw an official release in 2014 and was later certified double-platinum.
In 2014, the Parisian producer along with Dillon Francis served as alternating openers for Skrillex's infamous Mothership tour. That same year, DJ Snake and Dillon Francis released their hit song "Get Low," as the lead single on Dillon's debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule. Both "Turn Down for What" and "Get Low" appeared on the motion picture soundtrack for Furious 7.
Snake's collaboration with Major Lazer and MØ, "Lean On," went on to shatter records and dominate charts after an official release in March 2015. The hit single, which appeared on Major Lazer's third studio album Peace is the Mission, was named by Times Magazine as Best Song of the Year So Far and then got the title of Spotify's Global Song of the Summer. It was certified platinum four times and held the number one chart position in three countries, remaining in the top 5 for seven other countries. In January 2016, the "Lean On" music video became the first music video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
After years of contributing to groundbreaking singles for other artists' albums, DJ Snake has finally released his own full length album. Encore arrived on Friday, August 5, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Skrillex, Justin Bieber, Yellow Claw, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug and more, the 14-track body of work serves as Snake's debut solo album.
Including previously released singles "Middle" featuring Bipolar Sunshine, "Talk" featuring George Maple, "Ocho Cinco" with Yellow Claw and "Propaganda, "the album has received mixed reviews.
Rolling Stones gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars, claiming "DJ Snake Comes Up Short" because the album "does little with its A-list guests." Entertainment Weekly, however, called it a party that barely misses a dance step, naming "Sober" as the best of all the sure-fire singles on the record and describing the Bieber-assisted "Let Me Love You" as "pop perfection."