AlunaGeorge’s second album I Remember is to be released on September 16th and of course, will feature their smash single ‘Im In Control’ along with the title track and the Zhu-featuring ‘My Blood’.
The duo have certainly swerved into a more dance pop mainstream Major Lazer-esque direction but the tunes are good so hard to begrudge.
‘Mean What I Mean’ comes with guest verses from Dreezy and Leikeli47, who I first encountered on her track ‘Fuck The Summer Up’ two years ago, a track which never quite took off the way I thought it would.
The video for the track was made in the Californian desert and keeps things bright and breezy.
I Remember Tracklist:
1. Full Swing (feat. Pell) 2. My Blood (feat. ZHU) 3. Not About Love 4. Hold Your Head High 5. Mean What I Mean (feat. Leikeli47, Dreezy) 6. Jealous 7. I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan) 8. I Remember (prod. Flume) 9. In My Head 10. Mediator 11. Heartbreak Horizon 12. Wanderlust
Stephen Zhu burst into the new music consciousness with his big electronic track ‘Faded’ last year, a song that has over 63 million plays on Spotify as of today.
That song had a dark-edged gild to it pulsating glide to it while this new collaboration with AlunaGeorge has a similar glowing atmosphere that is trailed with similar digital bass and body-moving piano expressions. Aluna Francis takes the first verse which pulls the focus on her while Zhu’s soft falsetto joins in after. The track has an epic sax solo to commend it too.
The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show…
After their set at Longitude this weekend, AlunaGeorge will finally get to play a show of their own in Dublin on October 16th at The Academy. Tickets €17.35 plus fees on sale this Friday at 9am. Their debut album Body Music is out this Friday in Ireland too. There is a minimix of the album and this is ‘Bad Idea’:
Continuing the four part series this week, in no particular order, in which various artists, media and music fans I trust answer the question: “What are your five best new musical discoveries of the year?” Their answers were then rummaged through by me and I picked a cross-section list of 40 of the most interesting, diverse new artists from their choices.
As debuted on Nowness, Alunageorge’s ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ video by Henry Scholfield features the artwork of Arran Gregor and a gallery of dancers. They are playing Dublin at Arthur’s Day on September 27th alongside Jessie Ware, Willy Moon and others.
Every Friday, four new music picks from music blogs worldwide are published as part of my Day & Night pages. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. The magazine is out today in print with every copy of the Irish Independent so pick it up to see my full internet-heavy section as well as the rest of the mag.
4AD is an independent label who have a superb roster (The National, Tune-Yards, Bon Iver, St. Vincent) so a new addition is always worth investigating. Indians is the atmospheric folk project of Copenhagen’s Søren Løkke Juul and you can watch the band’s live session from a privately-owned island by way of an intro.
After releasing their debut on Tri Angle, AlunaGeorge move onto Island Records for the first single (out in October) from their debut album which will be out next year. ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ has a Purity Ring-style vocal twist but rather than murky caustic depths, the production further explores AlunaGeorge’s sugarsweet electronic R&B vibe.
Rustie’s Glass Swords has only grown in stature since it was released last year for me. Its maximalist production is perfect for when you need a bout of energy and is the most fun album recently released. Meanwhile, Aluna George are a duo who have been rising thanks to their fulfilling electronic R&B tunes and an EP on TRi Angle. I’ve heard good things about their live show too.
Rustie’s already teamed up on an alternative version of ‘Surph’ featuring Nightwave and the run of alternative versions continues with the clap-trapping bombastic brass of ‘After Light’. As with ‘Surph’, the album’s instrumental version is given a vocal twist by Aluna Francis, with lyrics inspired by the title. Buy it from Bleep.
London-based post-dubsteppin’ R&B from AlunaGeorge (a duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid. ‘You Know You Like It’ is like a track that takes you by surprise on a DJ mix, an effortless cool production I could hear being co-opted and remixed, that could easily be a rap instrumental. It’s that juxtaposition of styles that makes it so good. A few more tunes from this promising duo after the jump. Props to Jim and Mike for the tips.