The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (prod. by Max Martin) May27

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (prod. by Max Martin)...

After so many months away (and I really wasn’t away or not desirous of posting… you know…life and shit), I found a song to inspire me to write very quickly and succinctly. After all for the first 43 seconds, this was the warbling, woozy Weeknd shit I was used to and ready to accept as another waypoint to his next album. Then the beat drops and the bassline erupts into this pop-R&B ready made hit for the summmer. Almost too good for the summer despite all the right ingredients: On the rise R&B singer fresh off a crossover hit…check It’s got a nice beat and you can dance to it…check The hook is catchy enough for even the most base people in the world…check Overt drug references right up the title of the record…check Pop star appeal with reasonable looks and passable dance moves……..hold up now! Because Abel Tesfaye is still Canadian cipher still sporting that Egyptian palm tree on his head. And I’ve never seen him dance. Hell I’ve never seen The Weeknd do anything but stare directly at the camera while his head is turned at some profile angle and chin raised high. But if Katy Perry can make dance songs while she merely poses rhythmically, I’m sure bigwigs will find a way to get him to do the same ol 2-step or something. (ViewHipHop / Spin / Stereogum) edit 6/16/2015: The RIAA tried to drop the banhammer on me, so here’s the YouChoob version. Also song title is...

The Weeknd – “Often” (video) Aug21

The Weeknd – “Often” (video)...

The Weeknd released his single, “Often,” a couple of weeks ago along with the announcement of an album and tour named King of the Fall. But the real question was whether “Often” was a call back to his popular House of Balloons mixtape days or his still-good-yet-maligned Kiss Land album days. As someone who has liked all of Abel Tesfaye’s projects, I didn’t give a fuck. Give me more. “Often” is more of that good Weeknd fucking music. The Weeknd is one of the progenitors of the 2010s-style of indie R&B (or if you must use that bullshit PBR&B signifier, which was proven to be a damn joke) also inhabited by Drake, Miguel, The-Dream, Frank Ocean, and now FKA Twigs and PARTYNEXTDOOR. But The Weeknd is for me the revelation. The romantic misogyny. Even his album covers had topless white chicks like nothing. I have to believe Abel inspired blue-eyed devils Justin and Robin to step their topless game up to the videos. I guess the problem was while those guys are media handsome ((pause)), Abel doesn’t even look like Jason Derulo(((pause))), Chris Brown((((pause)))), or his co-conspirator Drake(((((pause))))). He’s an Ethopian palm tree who looks like the KMD logo. And maybe that’s why people weren’t feeling Kiss Land. Whatever, girls love dudes who can sing and adore dudes who talk nasty. The Weeknd does both on “Often” and does it well. (((((((pause)))))) “Often” is available now as a single. The Weeknd’s album King of the Fall will be out soon…maybe in the fall. /rimshot...

Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder” Aug20

Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”...

The marketing push for Ariana Grande is ramping up as her A&Rs aggressively carve out space in the crowded pop world. At the same time Ariana has to fend off feud reports from her ex-co-star on “Sam & Cat” and endure criticism on her lack of dance talent. It all seems so ridiculous, so let’s get back to the music. The first track is a winning collaboration with The Weeknd. Even at a fraction of his powers, he is still a quality, impassioned vocalist who can elicit the best out of Ariana. The rest of the songs show her vocal range and talent. She is playing to her strength in this 4-song package. Good work, A&Rs! My Everything will be out on August 25th, but can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. (OnSmash) Get More: Ariana Grande, Ariana Grande...

Illangelo and Rochelle Jordan – “What The Fuss” Feb18

Illangelo and Rochelle Jordan – “What The Fuss”...

Every article about Illangelo mentions his previous production relationship with The Weeknd. Sounds like a hard way for a man to break away from his past and move into the future, but for our site it’s a great way for the search engine robots to find us faster. Hooray for SEO! All kidding aside, this beat is not for play. Rochelle Jordan coos and slides effortlessly through Illangelo’s hazy, elastic production. This is what R&B music should become: sexy and future forward. Toronto keeps delivering....