Issue August 13, 2013

Body Music

AlunaGeorge
VAGRANT

Pop music doesn’t get much more pleasurable. Producer George Reid skillfully draws from many of dance music’s hottest trends, from deep house to trap to U.K. garage, all framed within tried-and-true Top 40 structures. But it’s the “will-she-or-won’t-she” femme fatale persona of singer Aluna Francis that really makes the duo shine, as on breakout single “You Know You Like It.” If you squint, it’s not hard to imagine songs like “Body Music” or “Your Drums, Your Love” being long-lost collaborations between Timbaland and Aaliyah. The only misstep is the cover of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” primarily because it forces Aluna out of her carefully crafted persona. But overall, Body Music is a gratifying and thoroughly corporeal affair — don’t bother with that pesky brain. Just shake those hips already.