Aluna Francis of London-based duo, AlunaGeorge, is breaking out on her own with the announcement of a new solo album to be released on August 28. Titled Renaissance, the album is tied to Francis’ personal process of self-discovery, which motivated Aluna to put her AlunaGeorge project with producer, George Reid, on hold for the foreseeable future.
As a teaser for the upcoming, full-length album, Francis has released a new single, “Get Paid,” featuring rapper, Princess Nokia, and Jamaican singer-songwriter, Jada Kingdom. The track pairs a tropical beat with velvety vocals, making for a tune that is fit for a party or a relaxing day at the beach.
However, the track is much more than just a perfect summer playlist addition, Aluna explained:
“‘Get Paid’ is an aspirational celebration about black women and women of color getting paid, in opposition [to] the reality that we are consistently undervalued for our work.”
The track list for the album will also feature earlier singles from Aluna, including “Body Pump” and “Warrior,” both of which feature SG Lewis. KAYTRANDA and Rema are also slated to make appearances on the LP.
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