AlunaGeorge, Body Music
Release Date: July 30
Label: Island Records, Universal Music Group, Vagrant Records
When you hear AlunaGeorge, the London-based duo of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, the music feels like a single, cohesive movement. But when you break their debut album, Body Music, into its composite parts—Francis' singing and Reid's production—you realize that Aluna and George would both be just fine on their own.
Sounding like a combination of Lily Allen and Aaliyah, Aluna Francis isn't the most technically talented singer. But she's got style for days and the kind of voice that slips in and out of a beat instead of always commanding the spotlight. George Reid's production balances the cutting-edge experimentation of European electronic music with accessible melodies. Together, they've made an excellent debut that defies genre classification in the best way—it's pop, electronic, and R&B, all wrapped up in a focused, aesthetically consistent package. In the future, we wouldn't be surprised if George Reid branches out as an electronic superproducer and if Aluna Francis ends up delivering vocals over massive pop hits. For now, we're glad they're together as AlunaGeorge. —Jacob Moore