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AlunaGeorge are an English electronic music duo from London, consisting of singer-songwriter Aluna Francis and producer George Reid.[1]

AlunaGeorge
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Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge performing in June 2016 at Scala in London
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active2012–present
Labels
Websitealunageorge.com
Members
  • Aluna Francis
  • George Reid

Contents

CareerEdit

2009: FormationEdit

The duo first met in June 2009, when Reid remixed Francis' band My Toys Like Me's track "Sweetheart".[2][3]

2012–15: Breakthrough and Body MusicEdit

AlunaGeorge released the single "You Know You Like It" as a digital download on 20 April 2012, followed by a vinyl release on 11 June 2012. The duo's first commercial single, "Your Drums, Your Love", was released on 10 September 2012, debuting at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart.[4][5] During a visit to BBC Radio 1 on 3 January 2013, AlunaGeorge announced that their debut album would be titled Body Music and released in June 2013, along with the premiere of the full-length version of the song "Diver".[6][7] On 4 June 2013, the duo unveiled the cover art and track listing for Body Music, and confirmed the album would be released on 29 July 2013.[8]

It was announced in December 2012 that AlunaGeorge had been shortlisted for the 2013 BRIT Award of Critics' Choice.[9] Then, later in December, the BBC announced that the duo had also been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll, in which they finished in second place.[10]

In February 2013, AlunaGeorge scored their first top-40 entry, a collaboration with Disclosure on "White Noise". The single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Huw Stephens also premiered a track from the group on his BBC Radio 1 show titled "Attracting Flies", which was eventually included on their debut album.[11] The duo performed at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 27 May 2013.

A collection of previously released and brand new remixes, Body Music Remixed, was released on 16 June 2014.[12] On 3 October 2014 AlunaGeorge released a single called "Supernatural".[13]

On 14 July 2015, it was announced that AlunaGeorge had signed with the American record label Interscope Records.[14]

2016–presentEdit

The duo released the single "I'm in Control", featuring Jamaican artist Popcaan, on 20 January 2016.[15] That same day, Francis revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac that the duo's second studio album was titled I Remember, which was set to be released on 16 September 2016 via Island Records in the UK and Interscope Records in the US.[15][16]

In 2016, AlunaGeorge was an opening act with Miguel for the North American Arena tour of Australian star Sia.[17] The Nostalgic for the Present Tour ran through November 2016.

In 2017, AlunaGeorge was the main opening act for the European leg of A Head Full of Dreams Tour of the band Coldplay.[18]

ArtistryEdit

Aluna's vocals have been described as "almost child-like" as well as being called "sugar sweet" and "emotionally soulful and heartwarming too". George's production combines sounds from bass, garage and dubstep.[19]

The band use techniques of R&B and use "futuristic pop". The musical style has been described as "advanced minimalistic polyrhythmic beats" as well as "bashment, experimental hip-hop, '90's R&B and house". The duo cite inspiration from artists including Flying Lotus, Chris Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey; the band also cite James Taylor, Van Morrison, Aaliyah, PJ Harvey, CocoRosie as references.[20]

MembersEdit

Aluna FrancisEdit

Francis' first venture into the music industry came when she sang in a group called My Toys Like Me.[2]

George ReidEdit

Reid was previously a guitarist in indie-math rock band Colour. He has cited minimal American hip hop by The Neptunes, as well as Lil Wayne, as inspirations. Reid has said his approach to music-making stems from it being "so easy to get lost in software, you get to a point where so many noises might be carrying the song, rather than the song carrying everything else. So that’s my excuse for having nothing in there."[2]

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organisation Award Result
2013 BRIT Awards Critics' Choice[9] Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[10] Second

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lester, Paul (8 March 2011). "New band of the day – No 977: AlunaGeorge". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Dynamic duo... introducing AlunaGeorge". London Evening Standard. 28 September 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. ^ "My toys like me Sweetheart RMX". Myspace. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Your Drums, Your Love (Remixes) – EP by AlunaGeorge". iTunes Store (GB). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ Peak chart positions in the United Kingdom:
  6. ^ Williott, Carl (3 January 2013). "AlunaGeorge Unveil Debut Album Title 'Body Music' & Full Version Of "Diver"". Idolator. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  7. ^ "AlunaGeorge – 'Diver'". Popjustice. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan; Phillips, Amy (4 June 2013). "AlunaGeorge Reveal Body Music Cover Art, Tracklist, New Release Date". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Brits Critics' Choice tips three new acts for 2013". BBC News Online. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profile: AlunaGeorge". BBC. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  11. ^ Battan, Carrie (26 February 2013). "Listen: New AlunaGeorge Track "Attracting Flies"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  12. ^ Soundcloud, Cosmo's Midnight (DJ) (3 June 2014). "AlunaGeorge - Superstar (Cosmo's Midnight x Lido Remix), taken from the upcoming AlunaGeorge album 'Body Music Remixed' which was released on June 16th, 2014". Soundcloud. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  13. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (3 October 2014). "AlunaGeorge Share New Track "Supernatural"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  14. ^ Geslani, Michelle (14 July 2015). "AlunaGeorge signs with Interscope, announces North American tour". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b Minsker, Evan (20 January 2016). "AlunaGeorge Release Popcaan-Featuring Single "I'm In Control"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  16. ^ Minsker, Evan (13 July 2016). "AlunaGeorge Detail New Album I Remember". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  17. ^ Josephs, Brian. "Sia Announces U.S. Tour With Miguel and AlunaGeorge". Spin.com. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Coldplay / AlunaGeorge / Izzy Bizu Rogers Centre, Toronto ON, August 22". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  19. ^ Davies, Howell (13 December 2012). "Introducing: AlunaGeorge". The Edge. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  20. ^ "AlunaGeorge's biography at amazingtunes.com". Alunageorge.amazingtunes.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013.

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