The song samples drums taken from Portishead's track "Machine Gun
." The Weeknd wrote a letter to the producers of Portishead to tell them his Kiss Land
album was inspired by the British trip hop group. He told Complex
magazine: "I find a sound and run with it. It varies from Stevie Nicks to Genesis and Phil Collins. The production is very cinematic for me, and R&B was never cinematic like that."
Portishead's Geoff Barrow was unhappy with the R&B lothario despite The Weeknd's bigging up of the band. Barrow said that he'd refused an approach from the Toronto crooner to sample the track, but the Canadian went ahead and used it regardless of clearance. "When someone asks to sample you and you refuse," he tweeted, "they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."