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“Better brace yourself for the hurricane we deliver,” sings Aluna Francis, one-half of London duo AlunaGeorge with musical partner George Reid.
In fact the hurricane is more of a balmy city breeze, all shimmering electronics, warm bass and Francis’s youthful voice; shades of the young Martina Topley-Bird, discovered as a schoolgirl sitting on a wall singing to herself.
The result is charming and refreshing, a fulfilment of the expectations surrounding the pair since their appearance on various ones-to-watch lists at the start of the year.
“Just a Touch” is sunny electro-pop with a hint of tropical percussion, while a cover of Martell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” neatly peppers 1990s US R&B with 21st-century London-isms.
The mix of sophistication and languor is summed up Body Music’s title track, which is as much a tribute to the perfect pop song as the other thing: “Your body is like music baby, I want to play it again.”
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