Over the last few months its been abundantly clear that a resurgence in particular Genre’s is beginning to take shape, not least in the Garage scene as mentioned in the previous entry for Mosca’s brilliant shapeshifter ‘Bax’. While garage may be the most prolific at present artists and producers alike have been taking influence from the smoother, soulful era of the 90s and reviving it in a manner thats worked so well that artists like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean have become overnight international superstars.
Maybe its down to the fact that mature R&B with a throwback style now sounds pretty fresh considering its dropped way off in the past few years but in this case the refreshing element of it all derives from the fact that a lot of this years best artists are all from the UK. James Blake and Jamie Woon are shining examples of how dubstep-tinged rhythms have been incorporated into creating something with a soulful edge, and with that London Duo AlunaGeorge are no different.
It was long-serving Radio 1/1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson who first brought Aluna Francis & George Ried’s “You Know You Like It” into the public domain, and its not hard to see why. In fact aside from the rhymically sultry, masterful production that’s been mixed so brilliantly to suit those smooth vocal tones that undoubtedly take centre-stage its the significance of this group being from the UK that makes it so encouraging as they begin to gain rightful recognition.
Meeting over the internet and working together for around a year now, its quite clear their blending a clutch of influences together with sounds of vocalists like Aaliyah and Brandy being remastered by Hudson Mohawke or Jacques Greene and you can begin to see what direction AlunaGeorge is going in.
Either way if this is the future of R&B it has more of a chance of breaking into the UK charts then the traditional formulae still being churned out by our US counterparts, and that can only be a good thing. Blending soulful harmonies with a subtle electro-fused edge may just be the future.
Ohh and to top it all off this EP also comes with a solid Garage offering courtesy of long-serving Garage masters B-15, a really solid and slick Remix that deserves its own airtime across dancefloors and best of all, its being offered as a free donwload off of their Soundcloud (see below).