The Weeknd has been gaining some serious attention these past few months with the releases of his free internet albums. So it comes as no surprise that artist would be running up to collaborate with the singer/producer/sometimes rapper.
Don’t get me wrong, The Weeknd is solidifying himself in a tough industry with his dark/moody sound. His album Thursday literally shut his website down because of the massive amount of downloads it was getting. So I’m not throwing shade at him as an artist, but I think he fumbled remixing Florence + The Machine’s ‘Shake It Out’.
Anticipation for Florence’s sophomore album Ceremonials is growing everyday. Adding to that is the fact that Florence has been dropping tracks these past few weeks gearing up for the late October release. ‘Shake It Out’ was released a few weeks ago as the second single for the project, with an official UK release scheduled for Oct. 2nd.
We all know that Florence and Drake are good friends after she performed with him in the UK early this year. Keeping tht in mind it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his protege, The Weeknd, would cross paths with her as well. I don’t really know why the remix was done, but I can assume that it was meant to spread word about Ceremonials to The Weeknds strong fan base. In theory it’s a good idea, but when the final product turns out like this it’s not.
After creating one of his signature beats, The Weeknd chopped and screwed Florence’s vocals, creating a distorted noise where her voice once was. The background vocals are now overpowering the lead, making the song sound messy and out of place. This sounds like something an amateur DJ would put on soundcloud, not an official remix. If Florence really wanted to gain some more hip-hop fans she should’ve collaborated with Drake on a remix. He’s been getting more indie fans lately too, so the collaboration would’ve helped both of them out.
There’s not way the Florence fans are going to like this, which is expected, but I don’t think The Weeknd fans will like this either. Sure it sounds like his music but that doesn’t mean it’s as good as his music. I’m going to stick the original ‘Shake It Out’ and keep this noise off the ipod.
Check out The Weeknd remix below followed by the original:
Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)
Shake It Out