AlunaGeorge Body Music
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 01, 2013

  • Posted by: David Spelman

AlunaGeorge's breakout RnB jam "You Know You Like It" was first released two summers ago accompanied by a "Single Ladies"-esque black-and-white video, that despite Kanye's objections, just may be on the same level as the I Am... Sasha Fierce mega-hit. The London duo, comprised of Aluna Francis (vocals) and George Reid (production), then released a three-song EP last summer, You Know You Like It, with the title track helping AlunaGeorge generate even more buzz. The song that Kreayshawn helped popularize by including it in one of her DJ mixes was just re-released once again as a single, with an unnecessary but still good new video. As record labels tend to do (see Clark Jr., Gary), Island Records has included "You Know You Like It" and a few other previously released, incredibly catchy songs on their first studio album, Body Music.

One of those is the standout "Attracting Flies", which combines Reid's glitchy, warbly beats with Francis' smooth voice and flirtatiously biting lyrics. Don't let her candy-coated voice fool you, as lines like "You're a bad idea that's gone out of fashion / I'm not even gonna put you at the back of the shelf" (on the break-up track "Bad Idea"), to "You think I'm cold as ice, I'm just not easy to burn" (the funky "Just A Touch") prove that she doesn't like to play games.



Despite the fact that AlunaGeorge have proven themselves to be adept at covers (check out their jazzy versions of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" and Naughty Boy featuring fellow Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith's "La La La"), their bonus track take on Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" falls flat. Overlooking that, there are definitely no "bad" songs on Body Music.

While many of these new, previously unheard tracks tend to blend together, the fact that a lot of Body Music sounds similar isn't that much of a problem (just ask The xx or The Weeknd). Mastering one's unique style can be effective, but it will be interesting to see where AlunaGeorge go from here. If they want their songs to turn into dance floor hits, George Reid may want to up the BPM like Shift K3Y did in his remix of "Attracting Flies". But hey, I'd be more than happy if they wanted to continue making slinky, infectious earworms like "Diver".



Body Music is out now on Vagrant. Get your copy here.

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