The new AlunaGeorge album could be seen as more evidence that when it comes to British R&B, the ’90s are back in full pant-pegging force. Jessie Ware is the primary exemplar of this resurgence in husky-voiced UK soul mamas conjuring the likes of Stansfield, Peniston, and Des’ree. But while AlunaGeorge — the duo of vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid — do capture the smoky, sexy vibe of those latter-day divas, the contemporary sheen of these tracks also reflects early ’00s “electronica.” Francis’s voice is crisp and nimble; and her wordy lyrics flow through Reid’s sleek beats like a bloodstream. Moving from urgent dance-pop (“Bad Idea”), to minimalist pillow talk (“Friends to Lovers”), to bassy underground undertows (“Lost and Found”), “Body Music” is the sound of AlunaGeorge just getting started — and they could go anywhere from here. (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “Bad Idea”
Aluna George performs at the Sinclair on Sept. 7.