The Weeknd revealed the first single taken off his forthcoming debut album Kiss Land this weekend. The nearly 8 minute epilogue splits between two songs that seem to reflect both sides of what Abel does. ‘Kiss Land’ ends up being a dramatic and boastful ode to the success he’s enjoyed since the release of his Trilogy tape, while ‘John Carpenter’ is far more darker and introverted and feels like a real return to those sex-soaked ballads from to his earlier works.
Signed to Drake’s OVO imprint, Toronto based singer/producer PARTYNEXTDOOR offers up a self-produced new single titled ‘Wus Good/Curious’. If you’re a fan of the spacey and expansive productions of Noah ’40′ Shebib and of Drake’s sing-rap style (and of The Weeknd for that matter), this will surely serve you well. In fact, you may even find it difficult to differentiate between them – if I didn’t know better (and on this matter, I don’t) I’d hedge a bet that this was some type of secret Drake project. It isn’t, the comparisons are more stylistic than direct but the similarities are a bit strange, especially given his close affliction. That said though for those who do appreciate airy R&B productions with shifting hi-hats and sprawling 808′s, PARTYNEXTDOOR does a pretty great job of delivering.
Abel Tesfaye, commonly known as The Weeknd took to his twitter this evening to reveal Kiss Land as the title for his upcoming debut album, he also attached what appears to be the album artwork. No release date has been announced yet but having achieved genuine success offline last year with the re-release of his mixtape trilogy, some could say he has quite a bit to prove this time round. Will R&B’s newest son be able to deliver an engaging body of original work without rehashing what he’s already done, but still appease his post-nineties audience? Time will tell.
‘All We Do’ is the lead single taken from producer Kaytranada’s upcoming Kaytra Todo EP (Feb 25th) which sees him join forces with alt-crooner JMSN. Kay’s production is full of scattering hi-hats and a thick, sexified bass line, while JMSN’s performance is laid-back and relatively low-key – those Weeknd comparisons (for better or worse) aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Earlier today Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, released a new video for ‘Twenty Eight’ taken off his successful Trilogy project released last year. The video features everything you’d assume a Weeknd video would have in it – strange scenarios, naked women, general emoshness and… More naked women. Personally I would have enjoyed something a little more unexpected, but hey – we’ll take it.
Red Bull Music Academy have launched a new series called H∆SHTAG$ (produced by PinBoardFilm) which looks to explore the influence the internet has had on music and it’s many emerging sub-cultures. Across it’s six episodes (to be released weekly) H∆SHTAG$ looks to discuss different ideas that have been nourished, nurtured and/or birthed by the internet and it’s interconnecting technologies. Featuring exclusive interviews from Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Mount Kimbie, AlunaGeorge, Shlohmo, Charli XCX and many more, the series will also features opinions from predominant journalists, tastemakers and bloggers from across a wide spectrum of digital platforms, print and digital media.
The first episode Don’t Call It #AltR&B features How To Dress Well, producer Jeremy ‘Zodiac‘ Rose (The Weeknd), R&B futurists Rochelle Jordan & KLSHand Grammy nominated singer Miguel. It focuses on the re-emergence of contemporary R&B and whether or not the internet has played a role in it’s current form. Don’t Call It #AltR&B also talks to Alex Macpherson (The Guardian), Melissa Bradshaw (The Quietus) and Erik Kirtley (Indie R&B).
Near perfect execution and a return to the monochromatics for this self-directed Weeknd clip. It follows up last November’s Mikael Colombu space epic ‘The Knowing’. And if all the people have wanted for 18 months is to sit down properly with Abel Tesfaye and see him utter direct to camera, their wish is his command. Appearing thoughtful with an almost childlike sincerity, behind the man, a mystery figure gradually takes her place amongst the inevitably faded. ‘Rolling Stone’ itself, was definitely one of the most absorbing numbers from the middle installment of the Balloons trilogy, the Thursday tape.
The producer, real name Jeremy Rose, recently signed to do some work under Paul Epworth‘s new label Wolf Tone. Now I’m just wondering what it’ll be like mixing the high class pop of one of the biggest super-producers this 21st century, with Zodiac’s mysterious R&B, shapeshifting hip-hop and aerial-scapes from the next…
Never burnt always blunted, ItsNate’s latest eleven tracks sees the 23 year old doing things, that it could have been argued some time ago alot of other rappers in this field just weren’t. Injecting a missing ingredient: style, but it’s not comprised solely of that. ‘WSTLA’ alone may possibly be one of the more effervescent rap singles on these shores in recent memory (competing ironically with some of the cuts on Piff Gang’s ‘Plantlife’).
On NeverAverageTalkingExcellent Nate continues to usher in the new era of what “some of this man call swag rap”, albeit with a zest of waking-up-next-morning-with-work-at-9am world-weariness. When the clouds part, there’s some incredible production from new producers currently pushing a fresh feel and sound forward for the London scene. As when it goes beyond just the call of soulful kush, different dimensions of bassy, tripped hip-hop beds and flow cadences turn more dynamic, especially the second half with stand-outs like Weeknd sampling ‘Momentum’, ‘Schemin’ and ‘Above It’. It’s not grime, it’s not road rap, it’s not backpack, and the beats don’t bore. Broadened by the UKs evolving sense of intercontinental hybrid rap… whatever that is… may it continue. Free download here.
Jeremy Rose is back. Who’s Jeremy Rose? This is Jeremy Rose. You may also know him as Zodiac.
His new single ‘Come’ essentially takes takes the template of ‘What You Need’ (also produced by Zodiac), a ground-shifting lo-fi bedroom R&B record and basically helps it realise an entirely new potential. As bleeps spin backward and subs run deep, Jesse Boykins employs his seductively calm-seas vocals in a style suited perfectly to Zodiac’s production. And although Jesse is a very technical singer and on this record sounds an interesting opposite to Abel’s soul piercing performance on ‘What You Need’, it’s still difficult to compare the two. But then this shouldn’t be about comparisons – instead this should mark an exciting return for Zodiac.
‘Come’ is lifted off Zodiac’s forthcoming EP due out September 24th on Jaques Greene‘s Vase imprint.