Just call him Starboy. After guest-starring on Beyoncé’s Lemonade earlier this year, The Weeknd nabbed some big-name collaborators of his own for his first single of 2016. Daft Punk lends their disco-lite production to the title track of Starboy, the follow-up to Abel Tesfaye’s 2015 breakthrough Beauty Behind the Madness. Starboy’s lyrics don’t stray far from Tesfaye’s comfort zone, as he sings about women, drugs and the underbelly of fame. He’s still telling latenight parables but wisely trades the dystopian synths that weighed down his last album for Daft Punk’s nimbler drumbeats and retro handclaps. The singer is still carving out his identity as a pop star, experimenting with Michael Jackson soundalike tracks and pitchblack R&B, but Starboy’s 3 a.m. discotheque feels closer to the music he released on his first, highly-acclaimed batch of mixtapes.
The Weeknd teams with Daft Punk for ‘Starboy’