Hey y’all. Welcome to another weekly edition of Something Old & Something New. I’m your host Bruce Warren from Some Velvet Blog. This week we connect the dots between new R&B and old R&B and we start off with Something New that I’ve had on repeat since I downloaded it a few days ago. The band are called The Weeknd, a Toronto R&B project featuring singer Abel Tesfaye who’ve been getting mad blog props for their debut, House Of Balloons which is available for download for free right here. This is some serious post-Drake shit; all moody and sexy and chocolate. From the first song to the last, the debut is an infectious beauty of soul and R&B that pays debts to the past yet sounds so tomorrow.
Download: Wicked Games – The Weeknd
For me, The Weeknd’s jams are so evocative cause they bring me back to Something Old – the now classic sides of Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling of the late 80’s/early 90’s new jack Guy 90’s sexy bad boyz Jodeci and “I’ll Make Love To You,” by Boyz II Men. So, after you download The Weeknd’s debut album here, turn down the lights, grab your partner and kick out some of these jams. Time to sex it up.
Download: I Like – Guy