2012–2015: Breakthrough and Body Music
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. 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". 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.
It was announced in December 2012 that AlunaGeorge had been shortlisted for the 2013 BRIT Award of Critics' Choice. 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.
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. The duo performed at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 27 May 2013.
The duo released the single "I'm in Control", featuring Jamaican artist Popcaan, on 20 January 2016. 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. AlunaGeorge was an opening act with Miguel for the North American Arena tour of Australian star Sia. The Nostalgic for the Present Tour ran through November 2016.
In 2020, Aluna announced that she would be releasing music as a solo artist. Her first single, 'Body Pump', was released on 30 April 2020. In an interview with The Forty-Five Aluna stated that AlunaGeorge was not over but "there started to be certain musical and lyrical areas that felt awkward to do in a duo, because they were so singularly from my culture and my perspective".
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.
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.
Aluna Francis was born in London in July 1988, to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Her name “Aluna” means “come here” in the Mwera dialect of Tanzania, “pupil” in Portuguese and “Mother Earth” in Mayan. Before working in the music industry, Francis worked as a reflexologist. Francis' first venture into the music industry came when she sang in a group called My Toys Like Me. In 2013, Francis appeared as a panellist on the BBC music game show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In July 2019 Francis announced that she was expecting a child by the end of the year. On 17 November 2019 Francis announced via Instagram that she had given birth to a girl named Amaya.
George Reid was born in 1989. 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."
|2013||BRIT Awards||Critics' Choice||Nominated|
|BBC||Sound of 2013||Second|
|MOBO Awards||Best Video in association with SBTV||Attracting Flies||Nominated|
|Best Song in Association with PRS for Music||White Noise||Nominated|
|Popjustice £20 Music Prize||Best British Pop Single||Nominated|
|UK Festival Awards||Anthem of the Summer||Nominated|
|2014||BRIT Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||World's Best Song||Nominated|
|2015||NME Awards||Best Track||Won|
|2016||Billboard Music Awards||Top Dance/Electronic Song||You Know You Like It||Nominated|
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