Tag Archives: the weeknd

Angels – Clams Casino

7 Jun

Great. So right after I post an absolute bible of relaxation, Clams Casino goes ahead and releases another album full of instrumentals that would have easily made it onto that post, thus undermining the entire idea of it being the best chilled out playlist post. Oh well, better late then never I suppose. This new stuff is… well… incredible.

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Loft Music – The Weeknd

9 May

I have a really exciting post for you guys tomorrow. Not that this is a post about which I’m not excited; I’m just a little time-pressed. So let’s speed this along:

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The Can You Hear This Countdown: Artist of the Year

23 Dec

Is this the most important qualification in end-of lists? I’d say so. Let me tell you why you should, too. Years aren’t defined by singles (not in the long term anyway), artists are. You might say that Summer 2007 was the year of Umbrella but you’re far more likely to say that Umbrella is Rihanna’s signature song. Likewise, years aren’t defined by albums. Albums define artist’s careers. No-one’s going to say, ‘Hey, 2011 was when The Suburbs was released, right?’ They’re going to be saying, ‘The Suburbs was when Arcade Fire got good again, right?’ Years are, however defined by the artists that dominate them. In a few years time, we’ll be talking about how 2011 was the year everyone found about The Weeknd (as much as we could anyway) or it was when that band Yuck broke through Nirvana-like into the mainstream. It was when Adele had her heart broken and went on to break America. It was when a girl drove to Cali and scored five number 1s from her Teenage Dream. It was a year when break-out British acts restored faith in our country’s potential for ground-breaking (or at least 2007 levels of) music. Here were our highlights:

The Knowing (Video) – The Weeknd

27 Nov

Following on from the success of House of Balloons (see Jonah’s previous post here), The Weeknd has just released his first music video, a cinematic 7-minute short for his closing track on that mixtape, The Knowing:

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Underground Kings – Drake

8 Nov

Another album for which there has been an absolutely massive amount of anticipation. Drake’s Take Care is his second full album, and after early releases of Marvin’s Room, Headlines, and Trust Issues, everybody who loves Drake could not be more excited. The official release is set for November 15th, but over here, we got lucky and I managed to get my hands on an early copy.

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The Zone – The Weeknd (feat. Drake)

19 Aug

Serious apologies about the lack of recent posting. I had to spend the night in the airport, Henry is travelling all over Asia, and Michael and Luke are also caught up. Here’s a treat for you though. Since I last wrote about The Weeknd, his popularity has increased by a huge amount. Drake also seems to have adopted him as a personal favorite. The Zone comes off of The Weeknd’s official mixtape release, entitled Thursday. Take a listen.

Drake’s latest releases (Marvin’s Room & Trust Issues) fit perfectly with the sound that The Weeknd has been producing all along, and in my opinion, the two voices blend together really well on this track. It’s a treat that the whole thing is being given away completely for free. Really brightened up my day, and hopefully it will do the same for you.

Happy Birthday To Us: Our Favourite Songs Of The Year

2 Aug

Birthday Wishes: It’s been an action packed year for us and the music world.

As you will now know, Can You Hear This is now a year old; congratulations once more to Devan Carlton for winning our competition and choosing a great album as a prize. Nowadays a year in music is a long time, different reviews, news and music-related scandals becoming a daily occurrence thanks to the Internet. I’m not complaining because as a music blog we contribute to this, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the music and events that have really made a different to the industry, and more importantly to ourselves. It’s been a year of exciting collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye exciting us with news of their own royal wedding. It’s been fantastic year once more for up and coming artists from Britain and internationally. We chose to vest our pop music interests in Jessie J, while more alternative acts (Two Door Cinema Club, The xx) have also flourished. Recently, we’ve been saddened by the loss of a fantastic female artist, Amy Winehouse whose loss will be felt for years to come. Having created such stirring singles such as Love Is A Losing Game, Back To Black and Rehab, that rare example of a candid, open pop song that achieves massive commercial success, Winehouse was truly inspiring. I hope her wonderful female presence continues to influence new artists and live on.

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Getting Graphic: Do We Like Explicit Music?

2 May

Recently, it seems to me that we’ve been buying and praising more explicit music than we usually do. The huge increase in the popularity of rap collective OFWGKTA for me has really grabbed my attention and begged the question: Do people really like listening to this stuff? Continue reading

Wicked Games – The Weeknd

20 Apr

These days it’s tough for me to find any R&B that I really like. It feels like a huge amount of it is very samey, and quite repetitive. However, the last few days I’ve had Wicked Games by The Weeknd stuck in my head. This song is part of a great release called House of Balloons, which is available to download for free on The Weeknd’s website.

I really like this song firstly because of the lyrics. There’s so much more than the usual “I love you I need you” kind of thing that we hear all the time today. This coupled with a backing containing an ambient guitar part and an unusual beat makes for a great listen. The Weeknd have really succeeded (in my opinion) in carving out a sound that they can call their own, and for that, they should be congratulated! Check out the video for High For This, another song of theirs, below: