“The Birds (Part 1)” (Streaming)



    We’re presumably still on track to get two new mixtapes from mysterious R&B outfit the Weeknd before the year is out. “The Birds Pt. 1” may be from the upcoming Thursday, but we’re already used to expecting the unexpected from this outfit so don’t count on it. There’s a militaristic feel to the song, largely due to the rolling drum beat behind the vocals, which is somewhat similar in feel to Kanye’s “Love Lockdown”. This might not be as remarkable as “What You Need,” partly because they’ve lost that shock-of-the-new feeling, and partly because few songs this year are as remarkable as “What You Need.” Still, if this song is from that mixtape it bodes well for Thursday, which is due to drop sometime this summer.