12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is hazy R&B for intimate one-on-one hangouts. Canadian producer/songwriter PARTYNEXTDOOR came up as part of Drake’s OVO Sound collective, and his debut album fits right into the crew’s late-night vibe. The stretched-out productions seem cloaked in a cloud of smoke, although flirtatious asides—scattered across tracks like the pleading “Thirsty” and playful “FWU”—allow brief glimpses of his inner romantic. Drake shows up with a bitingly sexual verse on “Recognize,” a hedonistic trip to the club that cuts woozy synths with anxious, skittery beats.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is hazy R&B for intimate one-on-one hangouts. Canadian producer/songwriter PARTYNEXTDOOR came up as part of Drake’s OVO Sound collective, and his debut album fits right into the crew’s late-night vibe. The stretched-out productions seem cloaked in a cloud of smoke, although flirtatious asides—scattered across tracks like the pleading “Thirsty” and playful “FWU”—allow brief glimpses of his inner romantic. Drake shows up with a bitingly sexual verse on “Recognize,” a hedonistic trip to the club that cuts woozy synths with anxious, skittery beats.

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