To say that The Weeknd, the shadowy and affected R&B project of Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, has “buzz” would be to significantly undercut his last two years. Bolstered by a major cosign from Drake, who posted about him on his OVO blog and then featured him prominently on Take Care, and the success of his Florence + The Machine and Lady Gaga remixes, he’s gone from a specter on the Internet to an “Must See” act at all the summer’s big festivals and “must sign” on every record exec’s list. Well, three chillingly good self-released mixtapes and a seat saved next to Diddy later, he’s finally been got.
Earlier this week, Tesfaye announced that he will be re-releasing his trio of 2011 Weeknd mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence), mixed and mastered, as Trilogy with the backing of Universal Republic on November 13th. Additionally, he says he’s back in the studio working on bonus tracks — “New music for my fans” — for his major label debut.
His three mixtapes already well worn in our music libraries, we eagerly anticipate the new music, and already the above booming (though verging on bruising) and slightly clipped rework of House of Ballons‘ “Wicked Games” has us wanting for more of the old remastered anew. Today on Twitter he wrote that, “sonically the #trilogy sounds massive,” which seems about right. And then, better yet, he teased a whole new album, writing: “the bonus tracks are a great teaser for the following album. xo” Last year was a good year to be Tesfaye or a The Weeknd fan, and the next year is looking like it will be even better for everyone.