Aly & AJ – a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun (Download Free album Zip)
A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun (stylized in all lowercase) is the fourth studio album by American pop duo Aly & AJ, released on May 7, 2021. The release marks their first studio album in 14 years, following Insomniatic in 2007. The album was produced by Yves Rothman, and each track holds writing credits from both Michalka sisters. Aly & AJ stated that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it did not hinder their writing process, as they felt that they were “born to make” this album.
They stated that while making the album, they were influenced by 1960s and 1970s music, and that it would differ from their two previous projects, Ten Years (2017) and Sanctuary (2019), which were influenced by 1980s music. The duo also wanted to capture the music of their home state California, and create a body of work that felt “timeless” to listeners.
The album was recorded at Sunset Sound in California. The instrumentals for the album were also recorded at Sunset Sound using a live band, the members of which were tested for COVID-19 and wore masks whilst performing. After their 2007 song “Potential Breakup Song” gained traction on TikTok, the sisters wanted to use their online popularity to promote their new music, and brought the release of the album forward.
They released the lead single, “Slow Dancing”, in December 2020, a month prior to its scheduled release. The album was preceded by the release of two further singles; “Slow Dancing”, “Listen!!!”, and “Pretty Places”, as well as the promotional singles “Symptom of Your Touch” and “Don’t Need Nothing”. The duo are set to promote the release of A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun with a virtual concert the day after its release. The album will be released through Aly and AJ’s own record label, and will be distributed through independent distribution company AWAL.