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House of Balloons

The Weeknd "Wicked Games"

An early candidate for album of the year, House of Balloons is a nine-track mixtape that was released on Weeknd’s website for free on March 20. Weeknd debuted "What You Need" and "Wicked Games" on his Youtube page weeks prior. The record has gotten rave reviews for its dark, atmospheric sounds and its unique mix of R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock elements. Most of the songs are comparable to Drake’s Thank Me Later duet with with The-Dream, “Shut It Down.” The songs play with traditional R&B structure with most of them clocking in at over five minutes. In case you've already heard the mixtape but can't get enough of it, peep this remix of "What You Need" by Odd Future's Mike G.

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