One of the most immediately recognizable things about London synth&B duo AlunaGeorge is that despite the small size of the group, its output is extraordinarily tight. The same can be said about their debut performance in Brooklyn last Friday. It was their second New York show, clocking in at 45 minutes with no encore, but for a band on its first North American tour, their live show is already a well-oiled machine.
Opening with the sultry “Just A Touch,” Aluna Francis popped onto the stage, diva-like in a white, black, and gold, well-styled boxing uniform. With George Reid calm-and-collected on the synths and a backing live bassist and drummer, they jammed through a fast-paced set of nearly all of the new full-length Body Music. Francis put on a theatrical performance, waving her arms almost as if she was playing an R&B singer character and mimicking some of her lyrics as she sang them. While chatter around the venue after the performance indicated some sadness that they did not play the title track or “Bad Idea,” it was an unusually involved New York crowd, with audiences members in the front clapping and swaying along, while people toward the back twisted and play-grinded with each other. The biggest response of the evening was for “You Know You Like,” a cover of Montell Jordan’s party classic “This Is How We Do It” (which they segued into after both Francis and Reid jammed together on MPCs with stretched out samples of Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli” tossed in), and a kicked-up version of Disclosure’s “White Noise,” on which Francis guests.
Check out our photos of the show and read the set list below.
01 “Just A Touch”
02 “Kaleidoscope Love”
03 “Best Be Believin'”
05 “You Know You Like It”
06 “This Is How We Do It” (Montell Jordan Cover)
07 “Attracting Flies”
08 “Lost And Found”
09 “White Noise” (Disclosure Cover)
10 “Your Drums, Your Love”