And it's pretty much everything.
Say what you will about Kanye West (and Lord knows I do) no one makes pop music with as much atmosphere as the "Stronger" star. At an event for a new line of sneakers, the Yeezy Boost, Kanye premiered a new track from his as-of-yet untitled 8th studio album to a lucky group of fans and industry big-wigs alike.
Listen to a fan recording of the melancholy slow burn below:
"Wolves," which features Sia and rapper Vic Mensa is in stark contrast to anything Kanye's done so far this year. Trading in the simplicity of "Only One" and "FourFiveSeconds" for something more akin to past work like "Love Lockdown," the track feels like a return to his electro-beat roots. "I'm just bad, bad for you" Kanye sings over the minimal beat and tuneful wolf howling. Combined with his signature heavily auto-tuned vocals, it's an innovative slice of gorgeous self-loathing and longing that proves the controversial rapper has at least a shred of self-awareness left.
Unsurprisingly, Sia's featured verse is equally powerful, although Mensa's contribution is overshadowed by Yeezy and the faceless Grammy snub-ee. The clip which preceded the track's debut read: "This is track #1 on Kanye West's New Album" which could indicate it falls first in the track-listing or Kanye believes it's the best offering from his forthcoming record. Either way, it's the best thing we've heard so far and gives hope that Paul McCartney's influence hasn't steered West too far away from what he does best.
What do you think of the newest slice of Kanye's next record?