The London-based songwriter/producer Georgia (not to be confused with the New York electronic duo of the same name) creates her music from a melange of styles including grime, dub, and post-punk. She began her career as a session drummer for Micachu and Kwes, releasing her self-titled debut album—a collection of experimental pop songs à la M.I.A.—in 2015. But Georgia’s breakout single came last November with the UK sleeper hit “Started Out,” which matched the bright electro-pop of CHVRCHES with a groovy ‘80s Chicago house bassline.
Georgia continues to ride the line between club music and pop with her new single “About Work the Dancefloor.” It’s charged with the nostalgia for the golden age of ‘80s electro-pop, calling to mind both the romance of John Hughes movie soundtracks and the acrid nightlife of New Order’s famed Hacienda warehouse. But if you come for the throbbing synth-pop, you should stay for Georgia’s disarmingly tender vocals, which split the difference between Robyn’s vulnerability-as-strength philosophy and the xx’s plain-spoken intimacies. “I don’t have much in terms of money now/I don’t have material gifts for you/You want me to stay a while/To be in a moment with you,” she beckons, until she launches into the perplexing hook: “I was just thinking ‘bout work the dancefloor.” At first listen, it seems grammatically incorrect (is she talking about “work the dancefloor” as a concept, the function of a DJ to get people moving in a crowd?). But as she turns the phrase over and over in her mouth, the obliqueness eventually disappears, like the slippery moment in the club when you stop thinking about the beats and just start letting the sounds flow through your body. Nobody knows quite knows what it means, but it’s provocative. Georgia gets the people going.