AKUA

With sweet, breathy vocals floating across an ambient soundscape, Canadian singer AKUA takes on the Prince-penned classic “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Originally quietly featured on the self-titled album of Prince’s band The Family in 1985, “Nothing Compares 2 U” was turned into a global smash hit when Sinead O’Connor covered the emotive break-up anthem in 1990. Closely retaining the original melody for the most part but adopting minimalistic, ethereal production, take a listen to AKUA’s version below and grab your free download while it’s still available, courtesy of Rookie mag.

Liking what you hear? Also dig into AKUA’s original material via her debut EP, One’s Company – released in June and bearing the single “Gravity” – and stay tuned for more from this emerging talent.