There isn’t much known about Canadian duo The Weeknd. From what we can tell, they’re more than capable of maintaining various social networking sites, all part of conjuring up a mysterious and seductive e-persona. As of earlier today, (yesterday, if you’re on the wrong side of the Atlantic) they dropped their first release of notable length, a mixtape entitled House of Balloons. It’s a testament to the unique appeal of their refreshing RnB sound that I hadn’t even finished my first time through before I felt inclined to post this, and share it around. Swirling, reverberating, (and refreshingly fuzz-free) supporting instrumentation is all that is needed to let the heartfelt vocals of Abel Tesfaye whisk you away, relaying frequently crude lyrical themes with a paradoxically smooth tone. The mixtape includes “What You Need”, a track deservedly attracting the attention of numerous blogs and online music expositeurs. The entire thing can be download for free over at Weeknd’s official site, and you’d be ill-advised to sleep on it.