The Weeknd has been on a roll in 2015. He has released two singles, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” both of which are currently sitting pretty in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. I convinced myself that he was going to name his third album The Hills Have Eyes, and when he didn’t (he went with Beauty Behind the Madness), I decided to name the Tape Tuesday that as an homage to his exceptional year.
The tape plays like an escape from summer camp. I imagine around track 7 (“Round Whippin'” by A.CHAL) the protagonists are whipping their shitty cars around the hills while on copious amounts of ecstasy. Through the rest of the tape, they get in trouble, fall in love, and honestly maybe have a brief stint in rehab. I don’t know. Something crazy must happen to explain the seriousness of “Mend” by Planetarian.
But I guess that is the point of the mix. You can do crazy shit in the Hollywood Hills or wherever you are, but that crazy shit will catch up to you because the hills are watching.
Do you ever feel like the only one? ‘Cause I always feel like the only one
NOTE: The Soundcloud mix is missing track 8 (“The Hills” by The Weeknd).
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Sam Sloan is a rapper-singer-producer from Hamilton, Canada. His sound falls somewhere in between Bobby Raps and Matt Champion. Every vocal piece is processed through the sweet chill of auto-tune, and every song has an overarching concept. The music Sloan makes never sounds forced. It sounds like it was made with the purpose to understand a piece of himself, and listeners feed off that. We feed off the scabs ripped open by the creation of a great tune and revere the resulting scars. Sam Sloan has a lot of scars, and we are very grateful he chooses to share them with us.