Here are five producers who we feel could take The Weeknd's sound to the next level.
Today, The Weeknd came out of hiding and gave us two brand new tracks-- well, they leaked-- sorry Abel. And, as the tracks will likely be taken down, sorry to anyone who doesn't get to preview the new Weeknd sound. Both tracks, "I Can't Feel My Face" and "In the Night" signal a shift in the pop direction for the strung-out, oversexed, but still painfully lonely, Toronto crooner. He sounds more fresh-faced than ever, channeling his inner-MJ-- as he aims for a new level of stardom.
Despite the title, "I Can't Feel My Face" isn't another off-hand narration of one of Abel's Oxy benders. Rather, it's a gloriously funky, disco-tinged anthem that's ripe for the summer, both in mood and tempo. Produced by Max Martin, the Swedish face behind a staggering 19 #1 singles, the track shows how versatile The Weeknd can be when he branches out producer-wise.
Here are five very different producers, from both the mainstream and underground, who we feel would be a welcome addition to The Weeknd's talents.