Justin Timberlake is a futurist in his own right, but his latest move proves he remains a veteran artist with a strong understanding of what’s happening right now to a generation who may not have grown up during the Justified or Futuresex/Lovesounds era. Timberlake has recruited alt-R&B eidolon The Weeknd to open for him on his forthcoming 20/20 Experience Tour. Abel, currently on his own tour will join Justin during his shows in March and then join Drake on his tour shortly after.
One of the most highly anticipated records of the year, M.I.A.’sMatangi, is now available to stream in its entirety ahead of its release next week. The 15-track project, which features the previously heard tracks ‘Bad Girls‘, ‘Bring the Noize‘, ‘Come Walk With Me‘ and ’Y.A.L.A.‘ also sees the London native sample The Weeknd’s ‘Lonely Star‘ on ‘Exodus’ and ‘Sexodus’. Elsewhere, we have production courtesy of Switch, Hit-Boy, Illangelo, M.I.A. herself and more. One final note, there are some absolute tunes on this record, make sure to catch it November 5.
M.I.A. takes the piss out of Drake’s ‘Y.O.L.O’ with her brand new banger, ‘Y.A.L.A.’. Tapping into her Hindu roots, the explosive single focuses on the concept of reincarnation as a chaotic mash of electronic synths, rhythmic drums and shifting tempos flare in the background. Apart from the fiery Diplo-like-production, the Sri Lankan spitfire drops some pretty powerful lyrical bombs, “if you only live once, why keep doing the same shit?” and “Back home, where I come from, we keep being born again and again and again. That’s why they invented karma”. In other news, her fourth album Matangi (out November 5) is set to feature The Weeknd on two tracks: ‘Exodus’ and ‘Sexodus’.
Who would’ve thought Sia, The Weeknd and Diplo would ever feature on a track together, let alone for a soundtrack. Well they have and it’s pretty decent. Sia’s undeniably unique and infectious vocals are accompanied by Tesfaye’s sexy, vulnerable crooning. It all takes place over a grand yet emotively muted beat penned by Diplo. Take a listen to the theatrical slice of synth encrusted pop below; ’Elastic Heart’ is taken from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack out November 19 (via Republic Records), which will also feature a second submission from The Weeknd titled ‘Devil May Cry’, plus new music from Lorde, Santigold, Christina Aguilera and Coldplay.
Since the excitement earlier this month on hearing the return of Jamie Woon (Yes!) claiming his producing credits, along with Lil Silva on fast rising songstress Banks latest track, she couples the beautifully haunting sound with chilling images. Showcasing a more sensual side to her, Banks saunters around a house like a goddess, whilst letting her hypnotic vocals lure you in. With very few female vocalists taking a similar stance providing a subtle powerful vocal and aligning themselves with tastemakers and essential veterans alike, Banks is definitely creating a lane of her own. Her debut EP is out now and she will shortly be joining The Weeknd too on his UK Autumn too.
The Weeknd serves up another new video for his new Kiss Land lifted single ‘Pretty’. The video starts off with Abel traveling through an airport and chauffeur driven car, seemingly on route to meet his lover… But this is a Weeknd video so obviously things aren’t exactly how they initially appear. Check the dramatic visual up top.
The Weeknd has unleashed his latest music video for his Drake-assisted single ‘Live For’. The elusive spearhead is filmed under thematic strobe lighting sporting his characteristically, erm… wild hairstyle whilst cohort Drizzy looks slick in all black everything get up. Tesfaye dropped his first major label debut, Kiss Land, earlier this week – it’s already climbing the UK charts.
The Weeknd is on the verge of releasing his major label debut, Kiss Land, on September 10th. The follow up to his trio of mix-tapes re-bundled as Trilogy will feature ten tracks. Only hours ago, the Canadian crooner unveiled the Drake-assisted ‘Live For‘, and also recently dropped the video for his single ‘Belong to the World‘, the follow up to title-track ‘Kiss Land‘. And now he’s released the album art (above) and the full tracklisting which you can check after the jump.
The Weeknd squashes rumours of his alleged beef with Drizzy by releasing a new single ‘Live For’ featuring his fellow Toronto comrade. The typically moody slow jam reunites the two following ‘The Zone’ and fan-favourite ‘Crew Love’ taken from Aubrey’s Take Care. Although not as instant as it’s predecessor Abel’s tortured vocals, combined with Drake’s one liners means this will easily appease both set of fans. Kiss Land drops September 10th. Nothing Was the Same is out September 17th.