About a month ago, The Hot Six announced the addition of FarSide to our strong stable of music contributors. On the edge of the freshest, dopest hip hop and R&B, FarSide brings you the hottest new jams on a weekly basis. This is his third entry. To catch the first ever Hip-Hop Spotlight, check it out right hurrr.
Every once in a while an artist comes along whose style transcends all genres, bringing to light a rhythmic blend of music that’s original, hypnotic, addicting and just….good. The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), is that Canadian artist that if you haven’t heard of yet, you’re sure to hear of soon. With just 3 mixtapes released and no official studio album, The Weeknd developed a cult-like fan base, but really started getting mainstream attention when discovered and promoted by fellow Canadian, Drake. You can really hear Drake himself influenced by Tesfaye’s work on his latest album “Take Care,” which gives production, song-writing, and background vocal credits to Tesfaye on multiple tracks.
This week’s spotlight is the title track from The Weeknd’s first mixtape “House of Balloons.” A two-part song, “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” starts out with a mix of electronic and R&B tones and seamlessly transitions to a more hip-hop driven second half, concocting 7 minutes of quality music along the way.
House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls – The Weeknd
Like what you hear? Download all 3 mixtapes, “House of Balloons,” “Thursday,” and “Echoes of Silence” for free at the official website.
*Also check out: Drake ft. The Weeknd – Crew Love
…and live version of The Weeknd KILLING it on Drake’s Club Paradise Tour:
*A Weeknd song you may not know, but should: The Weeknd ft. Drake – The Zone