AlunaGeorge

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AlunaGeorge
AlunaGeorge at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Detroit by Subsocietal Inc..jpg
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Electronica, trip hop, R&B, UK garage
Years active 2009–present
Labels Tri Angle, Island
Associated acts My Toys Like Me
Website www.alunageorge.com
Members Aluna Francis
George Reid

AlunaGeorge are an English electronic music duo from London, consisting of Aluna Francis (vocals and songwriting) and George Reid (production and instrumentation).[1]

It was announced on 6 December 2012 that AlunaGeorge had been shortlisted for the 2013 BRIT Award of Critics' Choice.[2] Then, on 9 December, the BBC announced that the duo had also been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll, in which they finished in second place.[3]

Career[edit]

2009: Formation[edit]

The duo first met in June 2009, when Reid remixed Francis' band My Toys Like Me's track "Sweetheart".[4][5]

2012–present: Breakthrough and Body Music[edit]

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 fifty on the UK Singles Chart.[6][7] 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".[8][9] 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.[10]

In February 2013, AlunaGeorge had their first top forty hit, a collaboration with Disclosure on "White Noise". The single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Huw Stephens also premiered a new track from the group on his BBC Radio 1 show called, "Attracting Flies". The song will be included on their upcoming debut album.[11] The duo performed at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 27 May 2013.

A collection of brand new remixes, Body Music Remixed, was released on 16 June 2014.[12]

Artistry[edit]

Aluna's vocals have been described as "almost child-like voice" as well as being called "sugar sweet" and "emotionally soulful and heartwarming too". George's production combines sounds from bass, garage and dubstep.[13]

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.[14]

Members[edit]

  • Aluna Francis had her first venture into the music industry came when she sang in a group called My Toys Like Me.[4]
  • George 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."[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[7]
AUS
[15]
BEL (Vl)
[16]
BEL (Wa)
[17]
FRA
[18]
IRE
[19]
NL
[20]
SCO
[21]
SWI
[22]
US
Heat

[23]
Body Music 11 71 80 43 82 43 96 33 81 2

Remix albums[edit]

Title Album details
Body Music Remixed
  • Released: 16 June 2014[12]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
You Know You Like It EP
  • Released: 11 June 2012[26]
  • Label: Tri Angle
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
BEL (Vl)
[16]
BEL (Wa)
[17]
SCO
[27]
"Analyser" / "We Are Chosen" 2011 Non-album single
"You Know You Like It" 2012 39 51[a] Body Music
"Your Drums, Your Love" 50 25[b] 21[c]
"Attracting Flies" 2013 17 37[d] 30[e] 28
"Best Be Believing"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[28]
BEL (Vl)
[16]
IRE
[29]
SCO
[30]
"After Light"
(Rustie featuring AlunaGeorge)
2012 173 44[f] Glass Swords
"White Noise"
(Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge)
2013 2 19 51 10 Settle
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"I'm His Girl" 2011 Friends Manifest!
"Spectrum (Say My Name)" 2012 Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
"The Socialites" 2013 Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Just a Touch" 2012 Laurence Matthew Blake
and Matilda Finn[31][32]
"You Know You Like It"
"Your Drums, Your Love" Henry Schofield[33]
"Attracting Flies" 2013 Emil Nava[34]
"You Know You Like It" Sammy Rawal[35]
"Best Be Believing" Patrick Killingbeck[36][37][38]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2013 BRIT Awards Critics' Choice[2] Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013[3] Second

Concert Tours[edit]

Body Music Tour, (May-November 2013, April 2014-)

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "You Know You Like It" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 51 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  2. ^ "Your Drums, Your Love" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 25 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  3. ^ "Your Drums, Your Love" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 21 on the Wallonie Ultratip chart.
  4. ^ "Attracting Flies" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 37 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  5. ^ "Attracting Flies" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 30 on the Wallonie Ultratip chart.
  6. ^ "After Light" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 44 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Lester, Paul (8 March 2011). "New band of the day – No 977: AlunaGeorge". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Brits Critics' Choice tips three new acts for 2013". BBC News Online. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Sound of 2013 Profile: AlunaGeorge". BBC. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dynamic duo... introducing AlunaGeorge". Evening Standard. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "My toys like me Sweetheart RMX". Myspace. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Your Drums, Your Love (Remixes) – EP by AlunaGeorge". iTunes Store UK. Apple. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "AlunaGeorge". Official Charts Company. 
  8. ^ Williott, Carl (3 January 2013). "AlunaGeorge Unveil Debut Album Title 'Body Music' & Full Version Of "Diver"". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "AlunaGeorge – 'Diver'". Popjustice. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Minsker, Evan; Phillips, Amy (4 June 2013). "AlunaGeorge Reveal Body Music Cover Art, Tracklist, New Release Date". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Battan, Carrie (26 February 2013). "Listen: New AlunaGeorge Track "Attracting Flies"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b 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. ^ Howell Davies (13 December 2012). "Introducing: AlunaGeorge | The Edge". Theedgesusu.co.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "AlunaGeorge's biography at amazingtunes.com". Alunageorge.amazingtunes.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  15. ^ *For Body Music see issue for 11-08-13: http://www.ariacharts.com.au/news/33225/chartifacts
  16. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discografie AlunaGeorge". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  17. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie AlunaGeorge". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie AlunaGeorge". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  19. ^ *For Body Music: http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fmusicvideo%2Fmusic%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=240002&arch=t&lyr=2013&year=2013&week=31
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie AlunaGeorge". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ Peak positions for Albums in Scotland:
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie AlunaGeorge". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ "AlunaGeorge - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  24. ^ "AlunaGeorge Store – Body Music". Getmusic. Universal Music Australia. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "ALUNAGEORGE | Body Music" (in German). Universal Music Germany. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "AlunaGeorge 'You Know You Like It' EP". NME. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  27. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  28. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  29. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  30. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Scotland:
  31. ^ "AlunaGeorge – Just A Touch (Official Video)". YouTube. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Official Video)". YouTube. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  33. ^ Murray, Robin (18 September 2012). "Watch: AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love". Clash. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  34. ^ "AlunaGeorge - Attracting Flies [Parental Advisory]". YouTube. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  35. ^ "AlunaGeorge "You Know You Like It" (New Version)". Pitchfork. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  36. ^ Luis Arturo Perdomo (6 October 2013). "Vídeo: AlunaGeorge – Best Be Believing" (in Spanish). Estéreo Lobby. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "Video: AlunaGeorge: "Best Be Believing"". Pitchfork. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  38. ^ AlunaGeorge - Best Be Believing. YouTube. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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