In the (E)nd

04.05.2011

MUSIC

The hype cycle moves fast. New artists rise from obscurity to fame quickly—almost mind-numbingly so—given the open distribution of music and conversation afforded in the era of social networking.

In a matter of months, singer Lily Allen went from unknown also-ran to Mark Ronson-collaborator with her Myspace streams in early 2006. Around the same time and unbeknownst to them, rock band Arctic Monkeys also began their meteoric rise from the underground to UK chart-toppers with their own Myspace demos. The number of examples has only increased with the proliferation of blogs and Twitter since.

A recent case would be The Weeknd, the R&B act from Canada. Although still amidst the “universal critical acclaim” stage, the previously unknown artist only released their debut project, House of Balloons, a little less than a month ago. However, the plaudits are deserved—the collection of songs on House of Balloons is an alluring mix of raw lyrics and dark, hypnotic grooves that stands apart from most of what’s currently on offer in the R&B and pop landscapes

Yet beyond the actual art, intentionally so, little else is known of The Weeknd and even less has been seen, despite the current cultural obsession with oversharing. As is also the case with other new acts such as Wu Lyf and Earl Sweatshirt, all we really have is the music to do the talking. Though, isn’t that refreshing?

Click here to download The Weeknd’s House of Balloons.

  • http://twitter.com/birdybirdsong tiffyb

    like

  • Cheez4

    This song is super dope!

  • eeshy

    WOW i love this….Thanks :)

  • Gideon

    wait the Canadian act fom Canada? thought they might have been from India

  • http://twitter.com/SoundVerite1 jon jon scott

    The future of new black music is here, get in line behind them. Producer Martin “Doc” McKinney (esthero/Muja Messiah/ Santigold/Sting) and the crew he work’s with in Toronto get it!

  • http://twitter.com/SoundVerite1 jon jon scott
  • http://twitter.com/SoundVerite1 jon jon scott
  • http://profiles.google.com/joegrrrcia Joe Grrrcia

    The Low Fi Reverb Voxs are what make this shhhhh bad ass. I love anything that reminds me of “If I was your girlfriend” – Prince

    Joe Garcia
    http://about.me/joegarcia
    http://www.facebook.com/LikeJoe
    http://joegrrrcia.tumblr.com/

  • http://profiles.google.com/joegrrrcia Joe Grrrcia

    Going to listen to the full album on the ride home on BART, SF to the EAST BAY!

    Joe Garcia
    http://about.me/joegarcia
    http://www.facebook.com/LikeJoe
    http://joegrrrcia.tumblr.com/

  • Anonymous

    This is cooool~~~~

  • sole

    The Entire CD Is Hot…Abel.’s voice is wicked House of Balloons Is CRAZY!!! xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/therealgrimes MEL GRIMES

    reminds me of junior high

  • http://americandreamingmagazine.com/ American Dreaming

    I like this song…download time

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah this bumps!

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah, this bumps! :)

  • http://www.mynewhitmanwrites.com/ Myne Whitman

    I’m totally rocking to this groove!

  • http://twitter.com/surereef sherief salem

    Toronto…we doin this!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m what you need, nice!

  • Anonymous

    I’m what you need, nice!

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbenjan Patrick Benjan

    Kinda nice…feeling it.

  • http://twitter.com/rjmeads RJ Meads

    The mixtape is DOPE!!!!!!!!!! this is why i love underground music more than mainstream

  • DeSeth Mack

    This song is HOT. This one will go no the candle lite dinner at home play list. LOOK OUT MRS. MACK !

  • DeSeth Mack

    This song puts in the mind of Meshell Ndegeocello.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1513291654 Kelly G. Jenkins

    love it

  • Anonymous

    Been listening to this song (& mixtape) religiously. Dope stuff

  • Anonymous

    Been listening to this song (& mixtape) religiously. Dope stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Sahleem/100000391667255 Greg Sahleem

    Like this type of stuff hood music kinda gets old love it but like new sounding shit …south philly

  • http://Facebook.com/TehejahParkerson Tehejah Tatiauna

    Damn had to play this one back again..the melody is so sexy and soulful…I feel it..

  • http://profiles.google.com/designwell4u Christopher Wardlaw

    Alright T. Dot. I’m definitely feeling the drug/sex/romance vibe…it’s like my favorite high

  • http://twitter.com/Vladie831 Mr. Rager

    The Best songs on HOB in my opinion are The Party and the After Party and The Knowing, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with either song, oh and yes I have this mixtape rated better the Nostalgia/Ultra oh the blasphemy I know lolol

  • Anonymous

    test

  • Anonymous

    test

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3GUJPPQEHVKRL6OOGDLZG7IUDM Stacey

    Slick song – will look for this artist

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3GUJPPQEHVKRL6OOGDLZG7IUDM Stacey

    We should be able to download these songs to our ipod with a price…we probably can, but I’m not as techno saavy as I would like to be. Back to work – this was a nice way to spend lunch!

  • http://twitter.com/Ckaba10 Christopher Kaba

    what is the name of this song

  • http://twitter.com/Ckaba10 Christopher Kaba

    what is the name of this song

  • http://www.facebook.com/crystalstarransom Crystal Tatzinupi

    I discovered this jam a couple months ago and was so addicted to hearing it, it started to interfere with the rest of my life. So smooth.

  • http://twitter.com/sosnobbish kia

    destined for greatness! Just when you start to think music is dead something like this pops up!! that’s refreshing

  • http://twitter.com/nixonda Andy Nixon

    SC, This is slick, nice jam and the rest of the album is good as well. Reminds me of Zero 7 back in the early days. I am enjoying the music offerings on your site, but am interested in your opinion about sampling from “artists” such as Girl Talk. I know he has used much of your work as well as hundreds of other artists; some of his output is admittedly/arguably good, but how does the original artist feel about their work being mashed up and altered to the point where it is recognizable but not the same as the original? You are an artist, poet, a businessman, whatever title you want…you have earned it, does it bother you that your work is used for the purpose of sampling? Just an interested fan; keep it up rock star, love the site…

  • http://twitter.com/Datgurl520 Kym

    Hypnotic. I Like

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