After wearing his extensive fanbase's patience thin with weeks of teasing antics on his facebook page, Able Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd, has finally dropped his much awaited second mixtape, 'Thursday'.
I was a big fan of the first mixtape, 'House of Balloons'; its subtle sample manipulation and sultry sexual tension ensured its bass heavy sound garnered much popularity, bringing R&B flavours to a new, expansive audience. 'Thursday' is, definitely, a much more obviously R&B focussed affair. Able drops the groovy Beach House and Souxsie samples in favour of prolonged crooning and minimalist beats; although perhaps at points more poignant, this results in a mixtape which is much less bombastic, one which shimmers seductively in the background but never really fully grabs your attention, a bit like the beautiful Beyonce but without her notorious rump-shaking ability.
The bassy, clanking 'The Zone' is a highlight; equally so is 'Gone', which despite sounding worryingly like that awful Example single at the beginning opens up with thudding beats and claps.
You can download the release from the band's website for free here.
The Weeknd - Gone
The Weeknd - The Zone