Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You know you like it but it drives you insane

Forget Liverpool and Manchester, St Alban's is the UK's hottest musical city. Yes, sleepy suburban sinkhole St Alban's. Not only is it named after the indecently talented What Is Love hitmaker Dr Alban*, but it also gave birth to the likes of Friendly Fires, Enter Shikari, Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama and Paul "is getting down on the floor" Cattermole out of S Club 7.

So it's hardly a surprise to learn that they've turned out yet another great pop act. This one goes by the unweildy name of Alunageorge which is a clever compound word derived from the first name of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid. Thank goodness they weren't called Anu and Sol.

The reason they're so good is that they take the tricky experimentalism of James Blake and marry it to coruscating R&B harmonies. The result is something like the music Aaliyah would have been making if she'd lived to see 2011.

Alunageorge's current single is You Know You Like It (But It Drives You Insane). The video is below, and the song is available at your local MP3 download location.

Alunageorge - You Know You Like It

* This is definitely true

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