Iconic French DJ and producer DJ Snake today released his heavily anticipated sophomore album ‘Carte Blanche’. The iconic phrase he’s named it after is roughly translated from his mother tongue as “complete freedom to act as one wishes“, and this is exactly what DJ Snake has achieved with this fresh album, and it’s also an ethos he has embodied throughout his career.
The album comes three years after the release of ‘Encore’ which introduced us to timeless hits such as ‘Middle’, ‘Talk’, ‘Propaganda’ and ‘Let Me Love You’ among others. Now, once again proving he’s a master of his craft, ‘Carte Blanche’ is shaping to be a timeless collection that spans sounds from all corners and is also a big tribute to his home country.
Spanning 17 tracks we see him collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry, and while not being limited by genres there is a cohesive feel to the release. Hit play and get ready to be treated to an epic journey including 10 brand new tracks, here’s our rundown of some of our favourite moments.
Kicking off with instrumental ‘Butterfly Effect’ we are transported into a jungle with echoing water sounds before quickly being surrounded by a growing bassy synth, this flows effortlessly into the second track ‘Quiet Storm’ with none other than Zomboy, feeling more like a mix than a separate track. Then we are introduced to the Snake only ‘When The Lights Go Down’ which features a chopped vocal layered ontop of a sophisticated future bass inspired beat that injects a serious dose of summer.
Moving on further the Majid Jordan featuring ‘Recognize’ surfaces – while it’s one of the mellow points in the album it exudes its own hot flavour, a signature of Snake’s ability to keep a grooving beat while harnessing the raw emotion of unique vocals. It’s followed by the Zhu featuring ‘No More’ which is clearly heavily reminiscent of the dark soft chords in ‘Faded’ mixed with an infectiously catchy new vocal.
Turning it up further ‘Carte Blanche’ sees Snake finally release a track with the entirety of the Pardon My French family – Malaa, Tchami and Mercer. This unstoppable group have together travelled the world and now finally serve up a club-ready anthem with all their names on it – appropriately titled ‘Made In France’.
Later in the album, he further dives into the spirit of French culture on ‘Frequency 75’ which delivers powerful electro sound that feels like it might in parts be an ode to Justice mixed in with high-frequency Snake bass sound. While also rounding it out with a final track titled ‘Paris’ featuring none other than G4SHI.
The album also includes many of his tried and tested recent anthems such as ‘Enzo’, ‘Magenta Riddim’ and ‘Try Me’ in addition to the hefty addition of potential new hits for fans to rinse and repeat. While he’s recruited some big names outside the dance world he’s not left his old school dance music fans hanging for a moment – actually, quite the opposite delivering an array of carefully crafted collaborations and solo originals releases which will be rocking club floors and DJ sets from Paris to Mumbai. In conclusion, with the amount of star power throughout DJ Snake’s second album – you will be hearing it everywhere for the foreseeable future.