One look at AlunaGeorge shows you they’re definitely not short on style – the London duo were featured in this month’s edition of British Vogue after all – but for those of us who want more than just a glossy finish they’re fortunately blessed with plenty of substance too. Their moniker, a portmanteu of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid’s names, is not the most imaginative, but the mixture of their individual talents more than makes up for that.
Ostensibly it’s out and out pop music, shiny and silky on the surface but with a beauty that is more than skin deep. Just indulge yourself in the bouncy synths and twinkling glimmers of the perfect “You Know You Like It”, or the Timbaland snaps and dew-drop vocals of “Just A Touch”, and you’re soon in deeper than a gambling addict desperately betting their last packets of cigs on olympic equestrian dressage.
They have the moves (and the bass) to win over suspicious crowds when playing live too. While it’s pretty rare for British acts to do the pop/RnB thing nearly as smoothly as their American peers, AlunaGeorge are the most convincing proponents of it since the original Sugababes. Hopefully they’ll be a little more resistant to line-up changes than that band though; their name, if not the future of original British pop, depends on it.