Clips, claps, blips, and earth shaking bass… this is the sound of AlunaGeorge, whose fusion of Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop and Electronica is making them one of the most upcoming and anticipated British music acts around.
Hailing from London, Aluna Francis and George Reid had been in various ‘experimental’ bands before joining forces to craft their distinct melodic, electronic beats and motifs. Accolades from The Guardian and championed by DJ Annie Mac, AlunaGeorge are riding on a wave of critical success. With their new EP ‘The Know You Like It’, AlunaGeorge continue with their genre defying music.
Aluna’s soulful, sweet voice dropped in with George’s precise, well-defined production style is as catchy and brilliant as ever. Their lead single, self titled ‘The Know You Like It’ (check out the YouTube link left to this blog) incorporates a funky and unusual mix of drum machine 90’s inspired beats, plonky synths and harmonious vocals. Ever on the musical walking rope between melodious and discordant, we see the experimental background of this group in full show with this song as well as Aluna’s virtuosic vocals in all their glory. The song flows soulfully and George’s eclectic drums and percussion drives the music alongside his quirky synth sounds.
Other works, past and present, by AlunaGeorge are in the same vein, experimental but listenable. One can hear musical influences ranging from Burial and Deadmau5 to Timbaland and Massive Attack. However, it is with Massive Attack that this duo bares the biggest similarity. Not in their actual musicality, but in the progressive nature of what they are trying to achieve. Like Massive Attack spearheading Trip-Hop as new musical genre, we see AlunaGeorge carving out a new sound, one that takes elements from across the musical plain, and mixing them up to the drop of heavy beats and electro inspired bass lines.
So if you like your music progressive, or you like your music that has a great melody, or like your music with great beats… in fact if you like music period, take a listen to this British musical duo, they will not disappoint!
(Check the free downloadable songs on their website; I have included the link below)
Nov 01 Pitchfork Music Festival,Paris
Nov 15 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Nov 16 Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
Nov 17 Stealth vs Rescued,Nottingham
Nov 18 Start The Bus, Bristol
Nov 20 Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
Nov 21 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Nov 22 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Nov 24 Coalition, Brighton