Experimental feature

Listen to this article

00:00
00:00
Experimental feature
or

“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.”

AlunaGeorge

Body Music

(Universal/Island)

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.
myFT

Follow the topics mentioned in this article