The Weeknd Drops New Single "Take My Breath"

The new era of Abel Tesfaye is already here

BY Allie GregoryPublished Aug 6, 2021

After teasing plans for new music earlier this week, the Weeknd has delivered on his promise with a new single titled "Take My Breath," which arrives via XO/Roc Nation Records.

The track arrives with its own Cliqua-directed video that finds Abel Tesfaye taking hits of oxygen inside a strobe-lit club alongside a latex-donning dance partner. The song is due to appear on the artist's upcoming album, The Dawn, which he confirmed plans for in an interview for GQ's September cover story. In his studio, the artist had shared a teaser of his new music with writer Mark Anthony Green.

Green described the forthcoming effort as follows:

The new project is packed with party records. Like real-deal, illuminated-white-tiles-on-the-floor party records. Quincy Jones meets Giorgio Moroder meets the best-night-of-your-fucking-life party records. Not anachronistic disco stuff. (Not "cosplay," as Abel put it.) That sort of retro thing is having a moment right now in pop music, but these records are new. Sweaty. Hard. Drenched-suit, grinding-on-the-girl/boy-of-your-dreams party records.

The Dawn will mark the Weeknd's follow-up to his monumental 2020 album After Hours.

While we wait to learn more, you can watch the video for "Take My Breath" below — but beware, it comes with a heavy strobe warning.

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