Aluna has shared new single ‘Warrior,’ the second offering to come from her forthcoming debut solo album.
The track was produced in collaboration with British artist and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis. Originally due out for release last week, Aluna put the song on hold out of respect to George Floyd, his family and her fans in order to focus on the greater issues at hand as well as to use the time to share her experiences as a black woman in music.
She commented, “I set myself the challenge to reclaim a space in dance music for black women, a space currently saturated by white cis males…Music is one of the ways I fight and my weapon is joy, making sure those who have felt like they are not invited to the party know that they ARE the party. We have to keep fighting, but also……keep dancing along the road to equality.”
Discussing the track, Aluna revealed, “Warrior is a portrait of a woman in the shadows….She has to see herself, instead of waiting for others, by calling on that Warrior spirit, the one that makes us fearless enough to be ourselves.”
LISTEN TO ‘WARRIOR’ FT SG LEWIS HERE:
Aluna, frontwoman to the internationally renowned British duo AlunaGeorge, first stepped out to make her mark as a solo artist with debut single ‘Body Pump’ after signing a global deal with LA-based record label Mad Decent.
The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and performer’s debut album is on the way with more details to be announced soon.
She has also recently released a lyric video for the club-ready track – WATCH IT HERE:
Discussing her new solo venture, Aluna commented, “Having enjoyed being the main ingredient to many successful dance records, I started wanting to create the whole dish. In the past when performing on the stages of my white male peers, I always felt like a visitor being one of the few Black women I could see, so it never fully occurred to me to claim dance music as my music, as an artist, even though it was at the heart of my connection to music…Then I looked at the history of dance music and saw how, for example, Chicago House, known as the invention of house music, was pioneered in the Black and Latino LGTBQ+ communities which gave me inspiration to stake my flag in the ground as a Black woman in dance music by taking control of production and songwriting with my own vibe.”
Aluna met George Reid (of AlunaGeorge) back in 2009 via MySpace after he remixed a track from Aluna’s band My Toys Like Me. The duo went on to release their debut album ‘Body Music’ as well as sign a major label deal, tour the world and chart the tops globally. In 2018 they self-released their critically acclaimed EP ‘Champagne Eyes’, which featured the likes of Cautious Clay and Bryson Tiller.
On signing Aluna to Mad Decent, record label founder and long-time friend Diplo said, “I’ve been a fan of Aluna for years – her voice, her style and her way of putting records together. Having her sign to Mad Decent feels like a family reunion – can’t wait to get these records out to everyone. Huge project for Mad Decent.”