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Kanye West Teases New James Blake Collaboration: Look + Listen

During a London Fashion Week afterparty Kanye West teased a collection of unreleased songs, including one that some fans thought sampled the 2016 James Blake deep cut “Always.”

The British musician took a moment while celebrating his birthday to Tweet that the previewed track, which he produced himself, is entirely new writing “It’s my birthday and Kanye West is playing tracks we made,” also confirming he produced another two songs West previewed. “I’m good for presents thanks.”

While no firm release dates are scheduled for any of the music West played, the pair two artists have long expressed an interest in working together with the American rapper expected to appear on Blake’s 2016 album The Colour in Anything. At the time Blake told Pitchfork

“Something was supposed to happen; I don’t really know how to describe how that didn’t work out.” “I wanted Kanye to be on the song ‘Timeless,’ but the verse didn’t materialize. I think a huge swath of things happened in his life, and I just stayed out of it.” “Eventually, the mood of the album changed, and in the end I don’t think it would have fit. But I didn’t say I was working with Kanye just so people would get interested — I really wanted him to be on it.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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