[Stream] The Weeknd- “Initiation”

For the past few months, I’ve been slowly compiling a list of albums that have been in constant “rotation” on my iPod/iTunes/Spotify (what have you) for my End of Year list. One that has been a constant throughout the year, or more succinctly, since I downloaded it has been the Weeknd‘s mixtape House of Balloons; an auto-tune and drugged-out R&B album that, not only sampled Siouxsie & the Banshees and Beach House, but also drew from the greatness of late 90’s Aaliyah.

I haven’t had a chance to dive into Thursday, the second mixtape in the trilogy, but on Saturday, the Weeknd—comprised of singer Abel Tesfaye and producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo—released a taste of the third, as of yet, untitled mixtape in the form of “Initiation.” A track that features Tsefaye’s vocals going through an insane roller-coaster of pitch-warp. Take a listen to the craziness below.