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Hear AlunaGeorge Lovingly Cover ‘Jungle Book’ Classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’

Shouts to Louie Prima, forever the King of the Swing

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // March 14, 2013

AlunaGeorge was our No. 3 pick for Best R&B Up-and-Comers of 2013 and the London duo has stayed strikingly busy living up to that designation since. Just two days ago we shared their fantasy-steeped video for “Attracting Flies,” a sleekly bumping dis track leveled at a former lover, and now we’ve got a playful new cover to take in. At the top of the year, we heard the pair flex their chops on a brightened-up version of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking Bout You,” but singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid go all the way back to 1967 for this one. In a new BBC Radio 1 session, they take on Louis Prima’s “I Wan’na Be Like You,” a.k.a “The Monkey Song” from Disney classic The Jungle Book. It’s both a charming bit of nostalgia for anyone who saw the film growing up, and a reminder of this group’s close stylistic ties to café-style jazz. Swing with AlunaGeorge: