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FKA Twigs Does an Eerie, Entrancing Cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

FKA Twigs.

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If you haven’t yet joined the FKA Twigs bandwagon, now would be a good time. The British artist is a singular talent whose trip-hop sound and eerie aesthetic blow up all conventions. She’s perhaps the best new artist to emerge this year, and now she’s covered one of the best songs of the summer—Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

The cover takes the song in an interesting direction: the original’s gospel inflections have mutated into a dissonant ambient soundscape, and Twigs’ breathy, stutter-step vocals weave in and out of a throbbing bass line and off-kilter breakbeat. It’s a refreshing, innovative rendition, one that confirms the young singer’s immense potential.