The Weeknd has released an ‘Alternate World’ remix of Dawn FM single “Sacrifice” with Swedish House Mafia, who co-produced the original track.
The new ‘Alternate World’ rework of “Sacrifice” doubles down on the vintage disco-inspired sound that characterizes Dawn FM. It introduces drums that sound closer to the song’s original Alicia Myers sample, 1981’s “I Want to Thank You”, which build up to sections that capture the euphoric sound of Swedish House Mafia.
This new remix arrived today with a new music video that takes The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – away from the shadowy chamber of the original single’s music video into an indoor basketball court, culminating a dance sequence of flashy vogue-ing. You can check it out below.
The remix is part of a new edition of The Weeknd’s latest album titled Dawn FM (Alternate World), which was also released today, January 12.
Swedish House Mafia are credited as producers and composers on the original version of “Sacrifice” alongside Max Martin, Oscar Holter and Tesfaye himself.
Last year, the trio of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso teamed up with The Weeknd on the single “Moth To A Flame”, which is the final track on Dawn FM (Alternate World). Also included on the new edition of the album is a remix of “Take My Breath” by melodic techno duo Agents of Time.
The Weeknd’s fifth studio album, Dawn FM was released last Friday (January 7), serving as the sequel to his highly-acclaimed 2020 full-length After Hours. On Monday, Tesfaye hinted that the new album might be part of a “trilogy” of albums. Fans have since gone to speculate that ‘Dawn FM’ is its second part, with a third album currently in the pipeline to complete it.
Dawn FM, which The Weeknd had long been teasing before its arrival, features guest appearances from the likes of Tyler, The Creator, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Lil Wayne. It also features narration from actor Jim Carrey, who praised the record as “deep and elegant” prior to its release.