Monday, March 7, 2011
SO apparently this song "What You Need" by Toronto's The Weekend has been around for months but I just heard it for the first time less than a week ago, which is pretty much unfair.
Two other things that are unfair:
1. The Weekend now joins Weekend and Weekends to form a supreme trifecta of confusion among blogged about musical artists.
2. The new song released by these dudes/this dude, "Wicked Game," is a SERIOUS step in the wrong direction.
However, since there's still only four The Weekend tracks out there, that means at least 25% of their material is mind-blowing. "What You Need" gets its praise from some super slow motion R&B shit, complete with yearning male vocals on some time-tested Ready For The World "forget about your boyfriend, I'm the one you're really interested in" tip. The other two songs out there, "Loft Music" and "The Morning," are solid, the former a sugary invitation to take your clothes off over this futuristic R&B/slightly juked hybrid while the latter is in complete screwed Drake mode via his So Far Gone mixtape's ode to Houston. Speaking of Drake, his blog is where The Weekend first started popping up (Toronto connect) and apparently Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib is getting involved.
However, I can't get behind "Wicked Game." One criticism I've heard (from this guy) is that it's too straight forward. Personally, I just find it boring as hell. This does not sound like the future of R&B, this sounds like a low-grade take on current R&B. What drew me to The Weekend was how forward-thinking "What You Need" is production-wise while upholding the strong lyrical values of R&B: glandular interest, alcohol consumption, then wildly romantic sex. Hopefully The Weekend find their sound because we don't need another Trey Songz (who himself is essentially vying for R. Kelly 2 status), but we could use a new hybrid R&B monster like Frank Ocean, for example. Or, if they play their cards right, The Weekend.
The Weeknd - What You Need by The_Weeknd
The Weeknd - Wicked Games by The_Weeknd