D∆WN – “Hello” (Adele Cover)

Over the last few years, the former Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money member Dawn Richard (who now goes by D?WN) has made some truly excellent albums of spaced-out soul. But even though she’s left behind her pop career and done all this on her own, she still has some canny ideas about how to grab your attention. Case in point: She’s released her cover of Adele’s monster power ballad “Hello” on the same day that Adele has released her new album 25. Richard’s version, produced by Swagg R’Celious, turns “Hello” into a vastly different song — a chilly, warped R&B number with a slithering, understated hook and a bassline that will throw you all off. Listen to it below.

Richard has a new album called The Red Era on the way; listen to her recent tracks “Billie Jean x Dance” and “Hollywould.”