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Music Remixes

Coldplay – Magic (AlunaGeorge Remix)

AlunaGeorge kill it again after a year of silence in the remix world. This time they take on Coldplay’s “Magic” from their recently released album, “Ghost Stories”. If you haven’t listened to it, DO IT! It’s been almost 2 months and by now you have no excuse (the album’s non-existence on Spotify isn’t an excuse, btw). It’s hot, trust me.

AlunaGeorge strip the song of its soft strumming guitar and piano to make way for the quintessential short electronic sounds George regularly adds to Aluna’s vocals. Chris Martin’s voice is the only bit of Coldplay left in the song. The beginning of the track is reminiscent of “Your Drums, Your Love” by the duo, off their forthcoming album “Body Language”. I was lucky enough to be front-and-center for their show at the Governors Ball Music Festival last month. For many reasons, this was one of my favorite shows of the weekend. I knew the songs by heart, was there with one of my best friends, and it was something I definitely didn’t want to miss that weekend. I love music festivals, but sometimes they can go oh-so wrongly. The people, the sun, $9 beers. All these things are likely to play a prevalent role in your mood. But at 3:45 on Sunday June 8, the conditions were perfect. You’ve been to that show- you’re energized, happy, and ready to dance your ass off. Almost just as importantly, you’re surrounded by people in the same mindset! Set those conditions up as perfectly as you can before heading to a fest. Bring the right people, the right supplies, and the right mentality. And don’t you dare forget your dancing shoes!!

Coldplay – Magic (AlunaGeorge Remix)

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Music

Disclosure – White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge)

The boys of Disclosure take you by the wrist and spin you around right off the bat with their new track. Your body becomes infected with the drum going boom-boom-boom-boom as the synths crescendo over what sounds like a manic ping-pong match. Your head begins to bop until it’s a quick stop-and-go, swing and then release kind of move your shoulders make when the instruments reach maximum level and Aluna Francis’ distinctive girlish raspy vocals coo into your ears. Francis syncopates with the rhythm and your hips begin to swing; the song’s quick-paced bass line has poked its head out teasing you with what’s to come. Then suddenly the beat drops away and disco strings come in as you’re soaring, attempting to collect your senses. With a quick swoosh the whole production sweeps back in with the bass turned way up and Francis’ is belting the track’s chorus of an unrequited lover love affair.

Just noise, white noise
I’m hearin’ static
You’re like an automatic
You just wanna keep me on repeat.”

The pairing of the two It-Brit music acts is opulent. Francis’ vocals capture the yearning and simultaneous frustration that comes with wanting to be wanted, yet only receiving the minimum while the manic production of Disclosure and George Reid embody the internal franticness the combination those two emotions create. This is a track that’ll spin you around and dizzy you out. It’s a sonic trip to say the least. You’re soaring at one point, twirling at another, then tumbling before coasting for a bit again.

I may be going out on a limb when I say this, but this is one of the top tracks I’ve heard coming out of 2013. It’s dance, it’s pop, it’s a little bit of funk, and it’s got a one hell of a soul. I’ve been personally strapping on my headphones, turning out the lights, closing my eyes, and letting this hypnotize me for a couple (or 10) listen throughs. The weekend is juuust about there, until then you’ve got this track to dizzy you up before finishing up your grind.

Disclosure – White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge)

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Music

AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love

Hey y’all! I’m bringing you the newest single from the London power-duo, AlunaGeorge, and it’s everything you’d expect and more from this emerging artist. Released yesterday, this airy track of unrequited love goes down easy in the ears and sends good vibes through your whole body. Dazed vocals blend into heavy 808 bumps and sync into singer Aluna Francis’ milky premature voice. It’s a song so simple in its production that it’s brilliant. All components of the track wash over each other with such coolness that you leave the song feeling refreshed.

What makes this song glide so smoothly over the airwaves is the ambiguity of Aluna Francis’ performance. She expresses her inability to connect with this other and their lack of attention towards her in a tone that’s both fragile and complacent. George Reid spins this all over a fuzzy hiss and boozy back-up vocal by Francis that sounds like a desperate plea. The more I listen to this track the more intricate I realize Reid’s work here is. Layers of kick-drums, 808’s, synths, space ship noises, Casios, chimes, and more create an electronic poppy soul sound that makes AlunaGeorge one of my personal favorite artists to follow this year and the next.

You can’t say that I’m going no where
’cause you don’t know where I’m coming from,
You can’t say that I’m going no where
but I have been trying to reach you for so long.”

Look out for their debut LP in early 2013!

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Music Video

AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It

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.

AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It

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.