AlunaGeorge - Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow, Fri 16 Nov 2012
- Colin Chapman
- 20 November 2012
Urban pop duo share their love of love of catchy hooks and melodies
Although originating from more experimental musical backgrounds - George Reid as a member of a math rock band, Aluna Francis in an edgy, electronic collective - since meeting online and fusing their names to form AlunaGeorge, the pair have been far keener to show off their love of catchy hooks and melodies.
Over three singles they have merged these pop staples with elements of R&B and UK Garage to shape a sound that’s perfectly showcased by tonight’s opener, ‘Just A Touch’; Aluna’s squeaky, sugary vocal riding George’s crunching, metronomic beat and fizzing electronics as the song’s chorus rapidly embeds itself in the brain.
Backed by a drummer and bassist, the super-slim Francis cuts a lively figure on stage, rocking back and forth at the microphone, encouraging the crowd to show their appreciation as Reid stands hunched behind his keyboard, firing off skittering drum patterns and squelchy synth stabs.
In a rapid-fire, forty-minute set, other infectious standouts include ‘You Know You Like It’, with the oh-so apt lyric, 'you know you like it but it drives you insane', and recent single ‘Your Drums, Your Love’, while the likes of ‘Analyser’ and ‘It Feels So Good’ highlight a more contemplative though no less engaging side to their futuristic, street-wise pop sound. However, it’s their cover of Montell Jordon’s R&B classic, ‘This How We Do It’ which receives the most enthusiastic reaction of the night.