Carlos Serrano - Touch the Sky / Kanye West vs. The xx mix
This mix came out around the time waitwhat was garnering alot of attention for the notorious xx, and so it was largely passed over.
Carlos Serrano does a much better job of mixing the two songs, mainly because he doesn’t grate our ears by trying to shoehorn the xx’s vocals into the chorus. The main problem with waitwhat is the drastic tonal shifts between rap verses and xx vocals — prolonged listening can make just about anyone schizoprhenic.
This is not a cover, but I like it just the same. I’m a sucker for remixes (as if you didn’t know ;]) and this one works amazingly as a standalone. Even if you’ve never heard Touch the Sky or the xx, this song is undeniably legit. Especially when Lupe jumps on it, he’ll have you thinking he wrote the lyrics while listening to this very beat.