Innovative, outspoken and vibrant artist B. Slade has aimed his considerable vocal at covering a classic Prince song (and one of my favorite Prince songs ever), “If I Was Your Girlfriend”.
B. Slade gives the treatment a more laid-back swing groove that highlights his jazzy yet solid vocal. It’s missing all of the deep, sexy, sultry and prominent bass licks of the original, but the focus should really be on B. Slade’s vocal. His range and layering alone are worth a couple of extra listens.
It’s a different approach that is wholly different from most other versions, but B. Slade’s light, airy, distinct and expansive range handle the vocal exceptionally well.
What do you think of this cover? One of my favorite covers of this song will always be Daniel de Bourg’s version, which I posted a while ago.