Music Monday: The Weeknd’s Sinful Sounds

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The Weeknd performs in Toronto, Canada

So far, 2011 has been a good year for The Weeknd. The previously unknown Canadian R&B singer released a nine-song mixtape House of Balloons through his own website in March, earned public praise from Drake, and was nominated for a 2011 Polaris Music Prize. Last week he followed up with a second mixtape, Thursday.

Now a video for his song “The Birds (Part One)” has appeared on the Internet. The video hasn’t been officially announced, but the quality is too good to pass as a fan video.

The Weeknd operates in faded, fuzzy samples and a unique brand of lustful vulgarity that feels so sinful you might want to shower after listening to his music. Are you cheating on your wife? Sleeping with your boyfriend’s best friend? Chasing after someone you know you can never have? This is the album to listen to when you lie awake at night, tormented by guilt but ready to do all over again.

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