Review: The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – ‘Starboy’


The Weeknd's collaboration with Daft Punk may not be as notable as the majority of the tracks from his previous record, but it's breathtaking nevertheless.

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Following The Weeknd’s immensely successful 2015, the R&B sensation has teamed up with house heroes Daft Punk for the title track of its successor. With the French robots involved, it is little surprise that ‘Starboy’ is more electronically focused than last year’s material, diverging from the grittier pop sound of Beauty Behind The Madness, feeling marginally more stripped than The Weeknd’s previous discography and bringing his Michael Jackson-esque vocals to the forefront.

‘Starboy’ encompasses The Weeknd’s thoughts on his newfound fame after his breakout from being an underground alternative R&B singer to global superstardom. (He reportedly earned $55 million in 2015.) “Legend of the fall took the year like a bandit / Bought mama a crib and a brand new wagon / Now she hit the grocery shop looking lavish,” he sings, whilst referencing no fewer than five vehicles in under four minutes. “Star Trek roof in that Wraith of Khan / Girls get loose when they hear this song / 100 on the dash get me close to God / We don’t pray for love, we just pray for cars.” The lyrics may not be as instantly memorable as those of ‘Can’t Feel My Face,’ but ‘Starboy’ is nonetheless totally a song that you can road trip to.

‘Starboy’ is out now via Republic Records


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