Brooklyn’s Friends‘ “I’m his Girl” has been a slow burner over the past year, somehow there, but not really here, if you know what I mean. Featuring a great bass line, poignant percussions and Samantha Urbani’s strong voice, it is a catchy indie pop song. Nothing more, but nothing less. The lyrics about that feeling of being perceived as “owned” in a relationship and not being a free, independent woman no more address a common topic too, so it is a nice, but not too interesting listen.
London R&B duo AlunaGeorge – the band name simply linking the first names of the two members Aluna Francis and George Reid – has made something much more fascinating out of this song. They added a beat, some “Hawaiian” sounding synths and some bleeps, and distorted the vocals quite a bit without changing the song’s overall vibe, but enhancing it. And they thankfully took out the verse lines, only working with the chorus and by that exposing how much the first is a disclaimer for the latter in the orginal track. Samantha has to talk so much about being independent in the verse to excuse the feeling or wanting of belonging she expresses in the chorus. But it feels like AlunaGeorge tell her: “It’s ok, you don’t have to explain. Just be his girl.”