Recorded for Amazon Music, Sumney’s rendition is totally reimagined from the top down. Hints of the original melodies can still be found, sure, but overall it plays out like a deconstructed soul song that’s filtered through Autotune. It’s safe to say you’ve never heard a Grande tune done like this before — not even from The 1975.
Stream Sumney’s “thank u, next” rendition below, followed by the original for comparison.
The last time we heard Sumney tackle a cover, it was Sade’s “By Your Side” (in collaboration with fellow Autotune-r Bon Iver). Purchase his græ album here. As for Grande, she most recently featured on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica anthem “Rain on Me”.
“thank u, next” Cover Artwork: