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.Michael Andor Brodeur is assistant arts editor at the Globe. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.