I like The Weeknd‘s style. Never have a release date, just drop it whenever you feel like it, like their first mixtape House of Balloons (remixes here and here) in March, and now Thursday, leaking on a Thursday. The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye will also apparently release a third mixtape, Echoes of Silence, before 2011 is up.
Abel and Frank Ocean have made 2011 the year of the PBR&B movement, a new subgenre I’m fully behind. The Weeknd has had a meteoric rise due to Drake tweeting a lyric and a link to download the mixtape. House of Balloons was lush, dope times, but after listening to Thursday, I can tell I’ll be playing it even more. This is the soundtrack to a Bret Easton Ellis Novel. The Weeknd, much like Chromeo and the xx before him, just sounds better played at night.
1 Lonely Star
2 Life Of The Party
4 The Zone ft Drake – dubstep remix here
5 The Birds Part 1 (strangely one of the leaks, but not a highlight)
6 The Birds Part 2
8 Rolling Stone dubstep remix here
9 Heaven Or Las Vegas