It's a bold move to state the intentions of an album from the very outset; no intro, no skit, no thirty second lead-in. Precedents are set, expectations are raised. In AlunaGeorge's case, the honeyed vocals over sparse production on 'Outlines', the opening track of Body Music, are a strikingly accurate marker of the rest of the album's content.

Since the duo's debut track 'You Know You Like It' landed in September 2011, accompanied by a hit home-made music video, the future has looked bright for Aluna Francis and George Reid. European tours, catwalk show performances, and top 3 places in both the 2013 Brit Award's Critic's Choice shortlist and the Sound of 2013 poll have, as would be expected, led to anticipation and hype around this, their first release.

And to some extent Body Music is exactly what was promised. Reid's work is beautifully unobtrusive throughout, producing just the right surfaces for Francis' vocals to glide over. It's a sleek, sultry and polished sound that owes more to Missy Elliott and Aaliyah-era Timbaland than, say, current up-front hip-hop or R&B beat-makers and vocalists like Kendrick Lamar or Nikkiya.

As a result, AlunaGeorge's debut contains music you will have heard before. Colourless downtempo songs and clichéd lyrics like "I've been treading water for your love/whether I sink or swim" on 'Your Drums' and "If all you wanted was a lost and found/Should have got me on the rebound" on 'Lost and Found' aside, the familiarity does disappear at points, giving way to moments of glorious creativity drawn from two-step, electro-pop, glitch-hop and bassline.

Sounding like Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas had the TLC singer had lived in London for a year, particularly on tracks 'You Know You Like It' and 'Best Be Believing', Francis' girlish and sugary vocals are a perfect fit for such sweetened electronic pop.

References to influences like CocoRosie, Mariah Carey and PJ Harvey, a collaboration with Disclosure plus Florence and the Machine and Dirty Projectors remix credits offer up appealing (if a little confusing) indications of the duo's aspirations. But it's hard to move away from the radio friendly sound of this album as heard on 'Bad Idea' and 'Superstar' - this body of work never really succeeds in pushing the sound envelope enough to warrant the pioneer tag that has circled AlunaGeorge for some time.

Body Music contains good pop music for sure, carried by stronger numbers like 'You Know You Like It', 'Attracting Flies' and the bonus cover of Montell Jordan's 'This Is How We Do It'. It's just not as much of a leap into the future as we might have anticipated.