The first time I heard AlunaGeorge I had to stand still. I was working on a scaled model of a room and was taking a break. I decided to search for fun music videos and the thumbnail for this track looked interesting: a pretty girl in some cool clothes done in black and white is always a winner in my books. Had I known I was about to be introduced to one of my new favorite artists to track I would have been sitting at my house in front of my speaker system ready to turn it up full volume. Rather it was me, my headphones, and a computer screen. Not only did the video have me hypnotized, the beat and voice coming from this woman put me in a trance. The video is so simple it’s complicated. Mirrored back up dancers and dance-moves that oddly looked like mine when I’m “in the zone” were a combination I was not prepared for. The song floored me and AlunaGeorge went straight to my top played artists on iTunes.
Do you ever hear an artist and have this gut feeling they’re putting out music that’s going to subtly switch up the game? Aluna Francis and George Reid seem to be on to something. Francis’ high raspy voice still carries her English accent when she sings and Reid’s rhythms marry the two sounds together in a way I’ve never heard. It’s pop, it’s hip-hip, it’s soul; it’s a medley of genres that make up the genre that is AlunaGeorge. “You Know You Like It” is their first released track and it’s packed with just the right amount of swag to give it an edge but has enough pop to not take itself too seriously. I love it when a song has a beat that intoxicates and moves you and leaves you mellowed out when it’s over. It’s the perfect high and the sweetest come down for your Thursday.
Bonus! I’m throwing in AlunaGeorge’s second single, “Just A Touch.” It’s everything “You Know You Like It” is but with more glitter. Tune in and enjoy.