AlunaGeorge have become key players in a pop landscape reconfigured by the likes of Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Rudimental, and their debut album offers up plenty of reasons why they’re currently sitting pretty near the top of the pop tree.
Smoother-than-silk paean to longing, ‘Outlines’ opens the album and perfectly encapsulates their warped r’n’b schtick taking the softly-softly approach of early track ‘We Are Chosen’ and recalling Aliyah and Timbaland at their early-noughties peak.
Meanwhile, singles ‘You know You Like It’ and ‘Your Drums’ hint at the duo’s penchant for the eccentric Scandinavian pop of Björk and The Knife combining perfect pop hooks with a series of esoteric beats. While things might take a slight turn into breezy bubblegum territory on ‘Lost And Found’ and previous single ‘It’s Just A Touch’, title track ‘Body Music’ reels things back in with a touch of steamy seduction before the swooning swansong of ‘Friends To Lovers’.
While a bonus track cover of Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’ feels a little superfluous, what really strikes you on this album is the sheer hit rate. With ‘White Noise’ having started the momentum and a refreshed re-release of ‘You Know You Like It’ due as part of a new EP at the end of July, AlunaGeorge could well be challenging old touring partners Disclosure for pop crossover supremacy this summer.
File under Smooth, Scandi-sounding pop
Download 'Outlines', 'Your Drums', 'Body Music'
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