Single Review – AlunaGeorge – Turn Up The Love

Sometimes a simple, hopeful message is all you need to brighten your mood quicker than hearing that the next series of your favourite show is available on Netflix. And much like those, completely forgettable little tracks like ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘You’ve Got The Love’ and ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ AlunaGeorge have turned to all things hearts and roses in order to bring a little more brightness to their new single ‘Turn Up The Love.’ A parallel to the slightly downbeat ballad ‘Last Kiss’, ‘Turn Up The Love’ see’s AlunaGeorge try their hand at spreading a positive message with an optimistic lyric; ‘I swear it’s simple, turn up the love’. George Reid’s sun-soaked production, of light electro-percussion and synth, mixed with Aluna Francis’s unstoppable upbeat vocal create a track that though not necessarily an instant favourite has the kind of summery warmth to melt a few hearts.

Hayley Miller

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Single Review – AlunaGeorge – My Blood

AlunaGeorge have unveiled the third single from their upcoming second studio album with ‘My Blood’ in collaboration with ZHU. In a move away from the Pop and smooth, ballad-style tracks that were their first two singles, to a darker, slightly rougher style of Trip Hop with jagged chords and undulating trap drops. The track still retains a slick  progression and generally retains the duos clean edged production aesthetic despite the more hard edged sounds involved. Another tidy and well structured single from them.

Owen Riddle

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Single Review – AlunaGeorge – I Remember

The Dance ‘Trip-hop’ duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid are to release their second studio album on April 29th with I Remember and now they’ve unveiled the title track from it. So far the duo have seemingly embraced more pop structures and themes around their Trip-hop sound of phasing, shuffling and minimalist dance music. This minimalism is more noticeable in what can be classed as a dance ballad of sorts. Aluna’s whispy and light vocals are often left to carry the song with similarly light synth inputs. Larger and more audible inputs grace the chorus to generate a musical and melodic peak. The track is quite simple but that is the beauty of it in many ways; it still remains to be seen whether these greater pop influences will pay off for them, but you with AlunaGeorge that they’ll be delivered in a stylish fashion.

Owen Riddle

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Really Good Remixes – AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)

This remix of London’s TripHop duo AlunaGeorge’s initial singles ‘You Know You Like It’ takes their smooth and effortless chilled dance track and effectively shuffles the deck. It speeds up Aluna Francis’ vocals before making them stutter and repeat as if they were sounds originating from a synth. It maintains the chilled essence of the song, but gives it an added charge of electricity which was much appreciated by the duo who often find themselves remixing other artists tracks.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – AlunaGeorge – Supernatural

2013’s Body Music was a very stable debut for London’s AlunaGeorge. With it, they had combined the best of electronica, R&B, Pop and UK Garage resulting in a fair bit of commercial success with their debut album at number 11 and their highest charting single ‘Attracting Flies’ at number 17 on the singles chart. In spite of this, there was plenty of room for improvement throughout the album which at times became bogged down by a lack of diversity and an ambition from their singles, that did not stretch to their album tracks. Now they’re set to release their follow up second LP in 2015 and have released a new single entitled ‘Supernatural’. It’s a track a lot more reminiscent of the late 80’s and 90’s dance scenes with a Acid House beat. This is offset by the chiming, modulated synths and the soft edged, naïve vocals with all it’s pop-like harmony. A track with a little more rapidity and urgency then their previous efforts with a much more prominent core beat. Not a huge departure, but the sound still works.