Whereas the Nguzunguzu-produced original was a sharpe, jagged and abrasive piece of future R&B, Kelela‘s recently released acoustic version of “Enemy” gracefully abandons all of that. The L.A.-based singer, with the help of Tosin Abasi and his eight-string guitar, trades in hard-hitting synths for gentle strings and a genuinely vulnerable vocal presence.
What’s for certain is that this dialed-down variation of the song allows for much greater focus on Kelela’s beautiful voice, and lyrics that are easily lost in the menacing, bombastic production of the original. Listen to and compare both versions of “Enemy” below. (via P&P)
(featured image shot by Wunmi Onibudo)