There’s a reason why you don’t hear many mainstream artists covering The Weeknd’s tracks. His production is so unique and his vocals so powerful that even established artists wouldn’t be wise to pay homage. This is a remix in the old fashioned sense of the word and Ellie Goulding was wise to get Xaphoon to rework the beat as it does help to set this version apart from the original.
The Weeknd’s pulsating sound makes way for an electro vibe that will appeal to a different market than the original. Overall it’s a surprisingly good effort, but having heard Goulding’s previous material the autotune does seem a little unnecessary.