‘Body Music’ (Island)
Prosaic name aside, vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid are one of UK pop’s most exciting recent propositions.
Drawing influence from the bounce of 90s garage, the fizz of electropop and early-noughties Timbaland, singles ‘You Know You Like It’ and ‘Just A Touch’ earned them a major label deal.
Opening with the hushed ‘Outlines’ and ending with the watery, almost tactile ‘Friends To Lovers’, ‘Body Music’ is for the bedroom as much as the dancefloor.
With a voice that’s almost comically coquettish, Aluna dominates early listens. Occasionally, though, when the songs falter (‘Diver’), she becomes cutesy; talking down like a children’s TV presenter. However, things eventually flourish, as with the pitched harmonies that augment the undulating title track and the way the drums seemingly ascend and descend simultaneously on ‘Attracting Flies’.
AlunaGeorge are a pop act at heart, with most of this debut’s songs anchored to a radio-friendly chorus. It’s there on ‘Superstar’, rising triumphantly out of a mesh of textured synths, Aluna singing “he’s a superstar, in his own home”.
With ‘Body Music’, AlunaGeorge should find a much wider audience than that.