We knew that Kanye West and Lorde were teaming up to rework the 18-year-old singer’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. But we weren’t really sure how it was going to turn out—would West go with an 808s and Heartbreak vibe (dark and ominous with a heavy electronic influence), something more like My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy (super jammy and mellow with a ton of guest spots), or Yeezus feels (high energy with a few sway-esque interludes)?
Instead, West gave us something we would have never expected. Without appearing on the track himself, he completely manipulated the flow of the song, slowing it down and adding in chilling secondary echoes. It’s sweet at times, sinister at others, and all-in-all super interesting, especially when compared to the original.