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AlunaGeorge are Aluna Francis and George Reid. Aluna writes and sings the melodies and lyrics. George arranges the music into uncanny and seductive new shapes. They met in 2009. They live in London. They have released two fresh, irresistible singles, You Know You Like It and Your Drums, Your Love, and they have only just begun.
AlunaGeorge were among the final three contenders for the Brits Critics’ Choice Award and on the longlist for the BBC’s influential Sound of 2013 poll. Pitchfork, which has championed them from the start, booked them to play at its Paris festival in November. In the fashion world, Moschino asked the duo to perform at their London Fashion Week show and Next Models has signed Aluna — confirmation of her idiosyncratic star quality.
AlunaGeorge’s songs hinge on the chemistry between Aluna’s cool, commanding, distinctly British vocals and George’s disorientating brew of warped samples, twitching beats and thick, woozy bass. Take their calling-card, You Know You Like It. Aluna improvised the singsong chorus at a bus stop in Harlesden and sang it down the phone line to George. The verse was a song she wrote at college a few years ago “about being defiant”. “I’m no fool,” she sings. “No, I’m not a follower.” George set it to a slippery, unpredictable rhythm and swathed it in a dreamlike haze. The contrast’s the thing.
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