AlunaGeorge have to be one of the freshest sounds to come out in many years. Together the pair – Aluna Fracis and George Reid – have created a feel of garage, house and pop, all mixed together like a trifle spawning what is likely one of the best albums to be released in 2013.

After releasing ‘You Know You Like It’ in early 2012, AlunaGeorge started getting recognition from fans and critics. However it wasn’t until late last year, when ‘Your Drums Your Love’ was released, that people started to sit up and take notice of the London duo. Although the track only reached number 50 in the UK chart, it gave a great idea of what more was to come. They later went on to be shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice gong at the BRIT Awards 2013, and also finished 2nd in the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2013’ Poll.

The recent team up with electric music duo Disclosure seemingly propelled the band to the forefront of music in the UK. AlunaGeorge quickly found themselves on the playlists of some of the biggest radio stations in the country, which then turned into sell out gigs at Electric Brixton and XOYO, plus festivals such as Benicassim and Wireless. Ultimately, though, they gained a much larger and continually growing fan base.

Since the collaboration AlunaGeorge have drip-fed several tracks from the new album Body Music, including ‘Attracting Flies’; a clean and sophisticated number with remarkably piercing lyrics from Aluna. Their current release ‘You Know You Like It’ also remains as catchy as it did on its initial release over a year ago.

Other songs on the album – such as ‘Outlines’ and title track ‘Body Music’ – bring a much bassier and seductive edge to the record whilst also drawing on musical influences from early Timbaland material.  On top of all that, the duo show that they know their way around a catchy pop chorus which is particularly noticeable during ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Just a Touch’, both of which are as addictive as the majority of the album.

George Reid and Aluna Francis

SLICK & ANGELIC: George Reid and Aluna Francis, a.k.a AlunaGeorge
Photo (c) Katherine Rose/The Observer

There are a few songs (namely ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ and ‘Superstar’) that feel weak, with the melodies and lyrics seeming poor in comparison to a large portion of Body Music. Despite this, a 14-track debut – which includes a bonus cover of Montell Jordan’s ‘This is How We Do it’ – is well worth the money. A deluxe edition of the album, containing 19 songs as opposed to 14, is also available and makes for an enjoyable extended LP.

In all, Body Music is a very good debut album from AlunaGeorge. Reid’s slick and clean production accompanied by the angelic vocals from the lovely Aluna evidences that they are likely to be around for a long time to come.

4 stars ★★★