By Erika Ramirez
Allow us to introduce you to The Weeknd.
Toronto can call dibs on yet another talented act. Today (March 21st), The Weeknd, composed of Abel Tesfaye released the mixtape, House of Balloons. The 9-track mixtape entices with sensual lyricism over a blend of synths, ranging from electro hip-hop and alternative indie. It’s obvious from where The Weeknd derives inspiration, sampling from a range of genres, from the Beach House with “Loft Music” to the British rock band, Siouxsie and the Branshiee’s “Happy House” sample on the titled track, “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls.”
As many others, we caught on to The Weeknd by another notable Toronto artist, Young Money’s Drake. Drizzy publicly co-signed The Weeknd by quoting one of their lines from track, “Wicked Game” via Twitter and linking to their work on his site, October’s Very Own.
Although producer Noah “40? Shebib did not have work on House of Balloons, as The Weeknd tweeted, “40 did not produce anything on this tape … Shout outs to 40 though!!” word around the blogosphere is that both 40 and Drake will be working with The Weeknd in the future.
Look out for an abundance of emoness!
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