What a great morning surprise, log onto Facebook – check out my updates and not far down the page – Drake has a link to Weeknd’s latest mixtape – Thursday. DOWNLOAD HERE
I think his mixape earlier in the year is a strong contender for album of the year…can this possibly live up to that standard? Time to find out…
The mixtape opens with Lonely Star sampling Kanye’s Robocop – it works, it sounds great and Weeknd flexes the vocal muscles on this and kills it.
Life of the party opens with another Kanye sample (Monster) but it has almost a reggae feel. I am not loving this track to be honest – Weeknd is good on it but not feeling the production.
The title track is next, and this is the Weeknd I want to hear. I like the production on this a lot more than the last track. A really simple hook, but Weeknd sounds great on it.
The Zone is my fav track so far – by far. I loved the subdued production especially when the beat hits – and Weekend’s vocals at the start of the track are kind of haunting almost. Just when I thought this song was as good as it gets, that guitar sample kicks in. Dope. Surprise verse from Drake at the end too! He kills it! T-Dot What!!!
The Birds (Part 1 and Part 2) follow. Part one is typical Weeknd, until the last 30 seconds when he just shows off that falsetto over an almost acoustic accompaniment. Part two opens with a familiar guitar sample I can’t place. Another great song – typical Weeknd vocals over the production you should be used to now.
Gone opens up a bit differently, with a bit of a bouncy beat, of course there is typical Weeknd distortion layered with a couple samples/sounds a few seconds in. This is as close to a pop record as I have heard him on. But even then, it is still sooooo unmistakably Weeknd.
Rolling Stone is a track I have heard for awhile – it was one of the first tracks I heard after his last mixtape. I love it. Probably the most minimalistic song I have heard Weekend on. No real vocal effects – just his voice (which is great) over a stripped down beat. Reminds me of the last 30 seconds of The Birds (Part 1).
Heaven or Las Vegas – Very similar to Life of The Party (same guitar licks?) but I think this is a much more successful attempt at this sound. A nice way to end the album.
All in all another great release from Weeknd. I really have to check this out more thoroughly. I just listened to this once, and I think I need to really let it sink in. On first listen though – a great follow up. As of now I like his last mixtape better – but give me a minute to let this one sink in.
Check this guy out, he might be the next dude from Toronto to blow up internationally.
Life of The Party