The six-deep crew of The Heatwave, Rinse FM’s weekly dancehall show, recognized Caribbean elements in Jamie XX”s masterful Adele shuffle. They got in touch with Jamie through South London’s Oneman, a mutual friend. Turned out he’s a fan of their radio program and happily allowed them to make it their own. The Heatwave boys did so without tampering too much with Jamie’s production, adding vocals from Jamaican stars Ce’cile, Mr. Lexx and Timberlee. The new layers make the song brilliantly dense—Lexx punctuates the taunts of Adele’s chorus with guttural vocal punches and a spare drum section is filled out by a nicely integrated sample of classic New Orleans incantation “Iko Iko.” Allegedly, Jamie’s already incorporating the rework into his sets.
Download: Adele + Jamie XX f. Ce’cile, Mr. Lexx and Timberlee, “Rolling in the Heat (The Heatwave Refix)”