On March 21, 2011, the first mixtape of Canadian singer The Weeknd was released. It was available for free on his website and the sounds were posted on his YouTube channel. 10 years later, the singer has just released a reissue of this mixtape called House Of Balloons in its original state with the original mixes and samples, and it is available on all streaming platforms.
“On Sunday for its 10 year anniversary I’m releasing House of Balloons on all streaming platforms for the first time in its original incarnation. With the original mixes and samples”, the superstar said in his announcement.
This mixtape features all the original samples including Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” on “What You Need”, Siouxsie and the Banshees’s “Happy House” on the famous record “House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls”, a voice sample from the anime Fate/Stay Night on “Coming Down” as well as the famous “Gila” of Beach House on “Loft Music” and Cocteau Twins’ “Cherry-Coloured Funk” on “The Knowing”.
In addition to this re-release, the singer has teamed up with Daniel Arsham to create a selection of exclusive products ranging from sweatshirts to caps and a vinyl version of the mixtape, which will only be available for 48 hours.
“The summer of 2011 will always be marked by House of Balloons. Like a time travel device, the album transports me back to that specific moment in time every time I listen”, Arsham said in a statement.
“It is a great privilege to work with The Weeknd and the XO Team to reimagine the iconic album art of House of Balloons as an eroded sculpture for the ten year anniversary. Alongside the transparent vinyl and eroded album artwork – we also worked on a collection of merchandise including a Varsity Jacket, blending my own aesthetic with that of The Weeknd’s”.
A great project for this tenth anniversary.