Toronto's Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd is blowing up, quietly. He's been propped by Drake after he quoted a line from the track "Wicked Games" via Twitter and then linked to The Weeknd's website. He's released a few free mixtapes through his website, first "House of Ballons" and more recently "Thursday", the former which had garnered him a Polaris Music Prize nomination. He's only performed a few live shows so far including The Mod Club in Toronto, opening for Drake at Molson Ampitheatre this past summer, and more recently at the Guelph Concert Theatre at the beginning of October. The Weeknd's chill, heady brand of r'n'b is as much about his vocals as about it's production, the latter of which I'm actually more drawn to. And until he releases his next mixtape, or perhaps a proper album, to whet our appetites he's recently released a new song entitled "Initiation" - best experienced through headphones:
The Weeknd - "Initiation"
MP3: The Weeknd - "Initiation"