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“SUMMER OF LOVE”
British singer-songwriter Aluna returns with the video for her fiery new summer anthem, ‘Summer of Love’, (out now via Higher Ground) which earned praise from V Magazine who hailed it as “a certifiable club hit,” while Dancing Astronaut called it “catchy to its core,” leading Billboard Magazine to name Aluna “one of the most reliable voices in dance.”
The video, directed by Cartel Juncal, was made using actual footage taken from Aluna’s recent DJ sets at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles and Elsewhere Rooftop in Brooklyn.
Speaking about the special meaning behind her new video, Aluna reveals, “The first time playing in front of a live crowd again takes me back to when I first started DJing — but this time it was different — now I see a future where diversity in dance music is the norm and this is just the beginning. I could feel the openness of the people dancing, the hunger for my BIPOC-focused dance set from around the world, and it makes me so grateful to be alive to see it. At my shows it’s a chance to re-define and reignite the culture of freedom and unity — that euphoria of something meaningful but completely joyful.”
“Summer of Love” serves as the follow up to her previous single ‘Don’t Hit My Line’, and sees the British artist spoiling listeners with a fresh ensemble of electronic-fueled sounds. ‘Summer of Love’ is just what we need to tie us through the remainder of the season. Fused together by cultivating snare sounds and feel good electric peaks, the Punctual and Aluna co-produced single takes us through an underlying infectious loop, seamlessly blended together with immersive drum patterns and catchy hooks, all while sealing the track with Aluna’s angelic vocals. ‘Summer of Love’ is a carefully thought out release from Aluna, significantly marking her brand new direction as a solo artist, simultaneously solidifying her presence in the electronic scene.
Touching on the creative process behind ‘Summer of Love’ and working with the producer duo, Aluna says: “In the summer of 2020 we wanted to feel like we were gonna change everything…we also felt crushed at the same time and the first thing we needed was love from the person closest to us or just from ourselves to keep going…the summer of love. 2021 has this feeling of a darkness lifting and I just wanted to capture that.”
Best describing the brand new single “Summer of Love” as a pivotal moment in her career, Aluna is excited to reveal what is to come, revealing “This past year has been a huge healing process, and this next chapter of my life feels really energized and the new music that I’m putting out is going to reflect that. There’s still a ton of work that needs to be done in regards to moving the needle for Black women in dance music. And these are the anthems that will be keeping me going.”
2021 saw Aluna release the 10-track collection Renaissance (Remixes) (LISTEN) which featured club-ready re-workings of tracks from her debut solo album, Renaissance (out now via Mad Decent), which followed on from her soaring success during 2020, a year that was credibly known as a momentous year for her. Spanning multiple genres of dance and electronic music, the collection features exciting collaborations with a diverse array of predominantly POC and female producers, including Lady Bee, Austin Millz, TSHA, Bella Boo & UNIIQU3 to name a few. Also included in the remix package, Bronx, NY-based producers, remixers and DJ duo The Martinez Brothers’ remix of ‘The Recipe,’ originally a collaboration with KAYTRANADA, which fuses afrobeat elements in with his trademark percussion and the mesmerizing vocals of Nigerian singer-songwriter Rema. Watch the official music video for “The Recipe” HERE.
Spring 2021 saw the release of the Afrobeats-inspired DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES Vol. III (LISTEN) album, a collaborative project from (RED) and Africa’s most influential record label, Mavin Records, joining forces to raise funds to fight two pandemics: COVID-19 and AIDS. The track listing, co-curated by Aluna and Don Jazzy includes tracks and remixes by SOFI TUKKER, Fela Kuti, Virgil Abloh, Felix Da Housecat as well as an impressive remix of hit single, ‘Jaiye’ by Mavin Artist LADIPOE, and featuring Aluna and Sigag Lauren (LISTEN).