So am I the only one that is blown away today?? Probably not! After his 2016 album “Starboy” that featured his popular, in my opinion, pretty mainstream singles “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy” which were playing on every radio station, he is back! And I mean the “House of Balloons” / “Echoes of Silence” The Weeknd is back! There’s just a certain kind of nostalgia that I have about him which makes me want him to be successful but not played EVERYWHERE. The Weeknd’s music is a limited edition pair of sneakers that only sees the daylight on special occasions, the rest of the time it has it’s special place in your room where it brings you joy because it is so beautiful! Also you only show it to your real friends who get it!
His new project “My Dear Melancholy” is actually not an album but a 6 track EP. I mean DUH! Quantity over quality my friends! All the songs are slow and dark and would be a bit depressing, if they weren’t so brilliant. Classic The Weeknd. Basically the whole album is about failed relationships, and the hurt that comes with it. So dramatically artistic, it’s beautiful. My personal favourite is “Call Out My Name” because it is just super sad and real and honest, “I said I didn’t feel nothing baby but I lied, I almost cut a piece of myself for your life, guess I was just another pit stop, til you made up your mind”, he sings. My personal slogan for this EP – So tragic, it’s magic. Enjoy!
The English duo HONNE, consisting of James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck,just released a 2-track EP that will brighten your day. The two, who actually met at university, released their debut single “Warm on a Cold Night” in 2014 and have been providing us with major vibes ever since. The name “HONNE” is a Japanese word meaning “real intention” and the realness in their lyrics combined with their unique futuristic electro-rnb sound is definitely what makes them stand out.
The first track on their new EP called “Day 1” is a super light and happy love song that I suggest listening to while driving with your windows rolled down. “When I first met you, it just felt right, it’s like I met a copy of myself that night, I don’t believe in fate and such but we were meant to be together that’s my hunch”, they sing and isn’t that just beautiful? SO beautiful!
The second track called “Sometimes” is a bit heavier and more for when you’re a bit in your feelings. The intro is kinda giving me Kanye West “Lost in the World” vibes with it’s autotunish thoughtfulness. Basically the song is about regrets about a lost relationship, self-doubts and like, realizing stuff. Yup I just quoted Kylie Jenner wow so sorry.
Just listen to it here
So on April 13 Tinashe will finally, finally, finally release the album that we have been waiting for since 2015! No joke, it’s almost been 3 years since the first announcement. So look Tinashe, we really don’t want no drama-ma-a but why did it take you so long? Remember in school when you had to turn in a group project and the other kids in your group were lazy af so you missed the deadline? Yeah that’s probably what happened here because there are quite a few features on this album; “Faded Love” with Future, “No Drama” with Offset and the upcoming (probably this Friday) “Me So Bad” with French Montana & Ty Dolla $ign. All jokes aside though, here’s the tracklist and some reasons why this album will live up to its expectations:
- The album includes a collaboration with the Swedish band “Little Dragon”!!! Now I know what you’re thinking… Who the hell is Little Dragon? But I can almost guarantee you that you all know them from their epic song “Wildfire” with SBTRKT. Just google it you’ll be like “Oooh that one!”. The song titled “Stuck With Me” just screams super vibey creative overflow sound!
- Tinashe has matured a lot since her first 2012 mixtape “In Case We Die“, which is an incredible piece of art and sadly most of you have probably never heard it. Also Fun Fact: It features a bonus track called “Chainless” which was the inspiration behind…you already know!
- The fact that the first singles from her new album are very danceable fun chunes is quiet a promise that there will be some deeper tracks in the mix as well. Those of you who have been with Tinashe for some time will remember songs like “The Last Night On Earth” from her first mixtape “In Case We Die”, “Another Me” from 2012 mixtape “Reverie”, and “Bated Breath” from her 2014 debut album “Aquarius”. But even her last project “Nightride” included gems like “Spacetime” and “Lucid Dreaming”.
I will stop right here and leave you with some homework to catch up on this brilliant artist. Enjoy.