Currently riding high at the top of the UK charts with their smash hit single ‘Rather Be’, London-based dance collective Clean Bandit are thrilled to announce details of their debut album New Eyes, which will be released through Atlantic Records on June 2nd.
The album, which draws its inspiration from seminal UK dance/soul/electronic acts that broke the mould: Massive Attack, Basement Jaxx and Soul II Soul, features previous singles ‘A+E’, ‘Mozart’s House’, ‘Dust Clears’ and ‘Rather Be’ and promises to propel the quartet fully into the spotlight this year. Take tracks such as ‘Extraordinary’: an emotive house record that tugs on the heart strings whilst moving the feet in the equal measure with trademark strings, steel drums and soulful vocals of Sharna Bass transitioning us into summer with vigour. ‘Come Over (feat Stylo G)’ brings a diverse sound with its dancehall roots, exuding sunshine. ‘Up Again’, which features the ethereal vocals of Rae Morris, melts liquid drum and bass sensibilities with uplifting and euphoric melodies.
Speaking about the debut release, cellist Grace Chatto commented, “Our first album is finally here and it feels so good to draw everything together into one piece of work. The deluxe edition of the album has seven self-produced music videos and 15 songs that we've made together with various incredible vocalists. The title track ‘New Eyes’ was written in a special place in France called Nouailles, but no one was quite sure how to pronounce it and our manager nicknamed it as New Eyes, which stuck... It's the most personal song on the album, so we gave the album the same title.”
New Eyes showcase the band’s trademark fusions of basslines, beats, electronica and strings with house, garage, dancehall, drum and bass and hip hop, paving the way to become the soundtrack of summer 2014. The album is underpinned by Jack’s unique and progressive dance production, which mixes together a cocktail of genres. Alongside features a cast of incredible vocalists from house diva Jess Glynne on ‘Rather Be’ to New York female rap from Lizzo on ‘New Eyes’ to Jamacian dancehall rhythms from Stylo G on ‘Come Over’ to soul belter Sharna Bass on ‘Extraordinary’ to garage legend Elisabeth Troy on ‘Hearts on Fire’ and neo soul, rap and folk courtesy of the likes of: Rae Morris, Jaevon, Love Segga, Nikki Cislyn and Eliza Shadadd.
On track to become this year’s biggest breakthrough dance act and following in the footsteps of their contemporaries Disclosure and Rudimental, Clean Bandit are certainly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Clean Bandit are: Jack Patterson (bass/sax/deck), Luke Patterson (drums), Grace Chatto (cello/key/synth) and Neil Amin-Smith (violin)