Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” is one of those records that just absolutely tears at the fabric of heartache and vulnerability. It’s produced so well — starts calm and glowing and ascends into the closest thing to a well-manicured banshee cry, the layers of vocals each expressing a different tenor of pain. When Frank Ocean revealed his own turbulent romantic past, the song took on a new cutting coat of pain — could this track he penned for Beyoncé be about him? Ouch. But here’s the xx doing a spartan rendition of the pop ballad, flipping it into a duet and mutating it from pull-your-guts-out-for-all-to-see into what feels like sweet nothings whispered to your partner who is far away. Check it out below.
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