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Liked a lot of House of Balloons, curious to hear what this one is like
What is this guy made of? Solid gold, that's what. Ten seconds into the first track brought a smile to my face. Got real feel to it, sounds so cool - classically cool James Dean style louche badness - not hipster contrivance cool. Some people seem to disagree with that, but they're missing out.
Probably no need to link to Pitchfork when you can just link to it here:
Quick, get on it before America wake ups and crashes the site again!
Fucking love House of Balloons; on this one today.
part way through track 3, sounding great so far. solid grooves, great production, excellent melodies.
Just got back from being on holiday for a week. House-mate's first question: What did you leave in the stereo before you went away? Me: The Weeknd? Her: It's fucking amazing...
So yes, very excited to hear this...
... is that last track a cover of the Cocteau Twins?
I know it's not all about the money but he could at least be covering his costs.
The exact same way Drake did, who did alright for himself.
it really puts me off, they need some better producers big time. The woozines is kinda nice, the voice works but the beats are so bad its unreal they don't have any wiggle or flow they sound like shit impressions of dubstep beats by a shody hip-hop producer. If they work on that it'd be way better.
it's by far the least elegant of all the aspects of his production, but I like the real cheapness of his drum machine. I guess that doesn't excuse a lack of finesse but everything rides on top of it so seductively he gets away with it - obviously not with you though!
For me, those brutal claps, snares and bass thuds give it a bit of a dangerous character, takes the edge of the smoothness, keeps the dirt on and roughs it up, gives it some duality. Maybe it's subverting the glamour, maybe it's undermining it. Alongside the lyrics the beats are a companion and reflection of the way in which he can be pretty crude in places by design but not in the delivery. It's all coherent.
I just kinda crave a groove and a little funk when I hear some sort of R&B however outthere it is and I don't get that from The Weeknd. I like the sounds, the cheap drums are cool with me, the bass is sweet it just doesn't flow at all. Its all stuck to some kind of grid like glue and doesn't do the energy of the tracks any good or add any atmosphere for me. I like that they're going for something a little raw but you can do raw without it clunking.
The Weeknd just don't flow like: http://vimeo.com/26151195 / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmeWpCFtYYg / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxqhSrkZhOo / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f90E84rOzmc / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFjxsPOQDuw / http://youtu.be/yNlx5WAi8ug / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwyjxsOYnys / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTWDpFc7gsU / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtP6arjZmzI or something...
the most similar to The Weeknd too. I've heard a lot of the dubsteppy/funky stuff you linked to, I don't listen to that much R&B at all, so I don't have anything to compare him too but even when presented with this i still think that most of this doesn't sound the same as what the Weeknd is trying to achieve.
that was an awkward sentence, dunno why i made such a meal of it. ha.
I get why you linked to all this, but even so, for me Weeknd dude offers something that isn't in any of this.
Maybe that means I prefer my R&B unsophisticated.
its not very good
to basically mean anything free.
Its free, its prob not quite as put together as an album would be. Its cheap its for the hype and/or love of it, its a hip-hop thing...
I don't hate it by any means, just don't love it. I like about 3 songs per tape.
They defo have something, they just haven't nailed it yet. Which is why its cool they're still working it with mixtapes. I'm only really shouting out since they seem to be getting slightly to over hyped for the stage they're at and I'm not to sure why to be honest not from just hearing them anyway. I mean I'm glad if people are feeling them as they are but to me this is just practise and there are a lot of people tuning up that sound way ahead already, just check the odd tube I posted above for a taster for example.
lots of indie samples and a (popular right now) moody/emotional/hazy/dreamy/sleazy aesthetic. PLUS they got stamped way early by Drake, and his fan-base is monstrous.
I can see it I just don't think its justified. They're just practising. Listen, enjoy, don't expect too much until you're really feel it, let them bubble under for a bit... Is what I feel about them.
It just seems kind of stiff and sterile to me compared to Drake and Dream (who they clearly draw a lot from). I didn't like any of the songs on this new one though. House Of Balloons had some jams. I thought the ones with the Beach House samples were pretty good.
Listened last night, dont have it here and cant remember.
and a London show in October
just what my supposedly 'in the know' mate told me..
I didn't think I'd be saying they've released my favourite music this year, but the more i've listened to it the more I've found it to be true. There are faultlines, but most of my favourite stuff is fraught with them anyway. Just dark dingy pop about stuff that will never happen to me; make that - and i'll buy it.