The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” has been given an airy new remix from producer Oneohtrix Point Never.
The track, which opens the album of the same name, was originally co-produced by OPN (aka Daniel Lopatin), Max Martin, Oscar Holter, and The Weeknd.
Now, “Dawn FM” has been given a fresh makeover from Oneohtrix Point Never, transforming the album’s introduction into something spacier and airier. The Weeknd’s voice is now accompanied by a rippling, plucked melody, and vocals are layered to add a choral feel to the song.
The song has also been expanded to double its length, despite Jim Carrey’s radio DJ narration being removed from the end. Instead, glittering synths fill the remaining time as The Weeknd sings: “After the light is it dark, is it dark, is it dark all alone?”
The new version arrives on the same day that The Weeknd kicks off his After Hours Til Dawn stadium tour. The dates begin tonight (July 8) at the Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. After Doja Cat pulled out of supporting him due to needing tonsil surgery, Kaytranada, Snoh Aalegra, and Mike Dean were announced as new opening acts for the run.
Meanwhile, Dawn FM was originally released in January but was given further physical releases on vinyl, cassette, and boxed set at the end of April. Those new editions spurred the record back to the top of the Billboard Top Album Sales chart in May and helped it set a new vinyl record.
Shifting 34,000 vinyl LPs in one week, it scored the largest sales week for an R&B album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991. Previously, the record was held by Prince’s Welcome 2 America, which sold 22,000 copies on vinyl back in 2021.