Kanye West posts two new songs on Soundcloud

Kanye West performs during FYF Fest on Aug. 22.

Kanye West performs during FYF Fest on Aug. 22.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The two new tracks that Kanye West posted Monday heavily reference familiar tunes from his orbit. But they might also hint at where he’s heading with his much-anticipated next LP, “SWISH.”

The singles appear on West’s newly active Soundcloud page, and bear the titles “When I See It” and “Say You Will.” The latter should be especially familiar to L.A.-area Kanye fans: It’s a new remix of a popular track from his “808’s & Heartbreak” album, which he recently reprised over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The art posted with the singles matches the dripping-flower motif from the “808’s” show’s printed program.

The remix features contributions from Caroline Shaw, the young composer who is a recent Pulitzer Prize winner.


SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus movies newsletter >>

“When I See It” dips heavily into a sample of The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends,” which West co-produced. Given its healthy use of Auto-Tune, it might suggest that Kanye is again in a ruminative, “808’s"-era mood as he puts the last touches on “SWISH.”

West has recently been more in the spotlight for his fashion design work, including a mixed-reviewed collection at New York Fashion Week this fall. But while the future plans for these new tunes are uncertain (this may just be a vault-clearing gesture of unreleased material), it’s likely more songs are on their way. Travis Scott, a favored West collaborator, implied as much in posting the songs with a brief, grammatically-cryptic note: “It’s starts.”

Follow @AugustBrown on Twitter for breaking music news.


Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and L.A. artist Alex Prager collaborate on new film

Lauryn Hill, Black Lives Matter movement support Palestinian activists in new video

Selena Gomez is more like Janet Jackson than Miley Cyrus on modest ‘Revival’