Thanks to a popular remix by DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge has finally been brought into the public eye. But the music they created before their “big break” and, honestly, their original version of the remixed song that made them famous, are so good that I am here to convince you that AlunaGeorge is a band you need to check out!
AlunaGeorge is an electronic duo, with Aluna Francis writing the songs and singing, and George Reid creating the electronic beats, dubstep and bass to accompany her. They combine little bits of R&B, synth pop and garage-style music in their unique songs.
I first heard of them not through DJ Snake’s popular rendition of “You Know You Like It,” but with another favorite of mine, “Your Drums, Your Love.” The music video for this song (as for all of them) is fascinating—Aluna is not only a musician but an unconventional model for her inspiring outfits. She also promotes dancing, hence Body Music, the name of their 2013 debut album.
Body Music was, I believe, way ahead of its time in terms of futuristic sound. But in order to listen to this album I first have to tell you it is not going to be what you’re expecting. The first time I heard Aluna’s voice, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I liked it, just because it is so different. But the more I listened the more I liked how it fit in with its eccentric style. Aluna’s voice is almost childlike; her range centers on a high and very light soprano which she sings very well. Her voice is soulful and passionate, which fits nicely with her overall tone quality.
“I’m in Control,” their most recent single, features artist Popcaan and shows AlunaGeorge have a long and successful career ahead of them (without the help of any DJ remixes).
Listen to the original and the remixed versions of “You Know You Like It” and tell me what you think! (Personally I like the original better.)
Tuned In is a regular music column written by Michele Haeberlin, Current Staff.