RECAP: BRITISH DUO ALUNAGEORGE AT THE EL REY

What a belle époque to be a male-female music duo: Beach House, Sleigh Bells, Purity Ring, we really could keep going. One tag-team we’ve had our ears out for is British duo, AlunaGeorge. Producer George Reid and songstress Aluna Francis have been on the scene, serving infectious originals and brilliant features on tracks of other rising acts, like UK electronic duo, Disclosure. The pair has been building buzz with their sub-genre-bending take on pop music, Aluna’s distinctive vocals, and their protagonist verses. Following the summer release of their full length “Body Music,” the Brits hit the road on their first North American tour, and recently made their LA debut to a pumped-up packed house at the El Rey.

Aluna strutted on stage robed as a futuristic boxing goddess with George boyishly bopping on synthesizer, and backed by live drums and bass. As the digital and organic sounds harmoniously flooded the venue, the audience feverishly danced and sang along to favorites like “Attracting Flies,” White Noise,” and “This Is How We Do It.” Their cover of Montel Jordan’s timeless jam was a hit! Aluna’s bright vocals called and the crowd responded in deep refrains of the song’s memorable chorus. The show capped off with another crowd pleaser, “Your Drums, Your Love,” but left with no encore leaving attendees served and eager for more, as AlunaGeorge stepped off waving, blowing kisses and thanking fans.

So, what’s next for the pair? These two are young, talented, and are certainly onto something. Let’s hope the future proves that they’re ideal music mates, unlike some other past boy-girl duos… Ike & Tina? White Stripes? Sonic Youth… too soon?

VIDEO LOVE: SOLANGE’S “LOVERS IN THE PARKING LOT”

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Solange is doing swap-meet chic meets disco-queen in her new video for “Lovers in the Parking Lot” off her True EP. Wearing metallics, bright pinks and hot pants, Solange dances as if no one is watching – very reminiscent of Robyn a la the Call Your Girlfriend music video. In this nearly deserted Houston, Texas (baby) mini mall, we get cameo’s of Bun B and Mannie Fresh, attempting to keep up with the quirky dance moves Solange executes so well.

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“Lovers in the Parking Lot” is an ode to truly not knowing what you got ’til it’s gone. She’s vying for her lover back, and obviously knows no other way to accomplish that task than to just be flat out adorable. Hey, it works on us.