New Music Monday<br />The Weeknd: 'Echoes of Silence'
By Mike Bailey Echoes of Silence is the third mixtape released in the last 12-months by the much hyped, Drake-endorsed, Canadian producer, Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd). The Weeknd use synths and samples to produce a dark, yet refreshing mix of 21st century R&B. Many critics have said the Weeknd sounds like soul music produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The most striking track is the opener, a stripped down, beat-driven cover of Michael Jackson’s, Dirty Diana. It establishes Tesfaye's voice as the centerpiece and sets the musical landscape for the next 45-minutes. Listen to Dirty Diana and the entire Echoes of Silence mix on soundcloud: http://snd.sc/dZN5EY In true mixtape fashion, all three Weeknd releases (Echoes of Silence, Thursday, and House of Balloons) are available for FREE on their website – get them here: http://the-weeknd.com/# Enjoy! Mike Bailey @oldmanjukebox