John Legend

Here is John Legend putting his mark on Adele’s powerful sass-soul single “Rolling In The Deep,” from her head-turning XL LP 21. The last time someone put a transformational spin on “Rolling” it was Jamie xx with his outstanding Tanya Stephens-beat infused remix. Where Jamie has production, Legend has vocals, so his “Rolling” goes deep on that front — a cappella, in fact, with some gospel choir-styled backup. So here’s the third signature take on one of the year’s bigger singles:

(via FADER)

There surely shall be more trying their hand at spinning the original, and that’s fine so long as all agree there shall be no broken-hearted acoustic balladeer/coffeehouse takes. It’s 2011, and we are better than that now.

But also, there is no Adele song like the Adele song called “Someone Like You.” So here’s to that.

Jamie xx shuffle:

via Tanya Stephens “You Can’t Touch Me No More”:

Comments (6)
  1. i think i just came.

  2. The background vocals fuck it all up. Way to fuck it all up.

  3. both the original and the jamie xx remix are brilliant. i don’t like the choice of harmonizing on this one by JL.

  4. a very good cover but i prefer the original better…!

  5. Mashed up version of John & Adele at

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