- Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
- Label: ATLANTIC
- ASIN: B00I38DJWM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
New Eyes (Deluxe Version) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
already under their belts Cambridge collective Clean Bandit throw down the
gauntlet in the opening bars of the first number , 'Mozart's House', of their
stunning debut album 'New Eyes' to demonstrate, unequivocally, that there
will be nothing remotely repetetive or boring going on in this musical journey.
What a fine ensemble they are; mashing up top notch melodies, crisp and highly
addictive dance beats, scintillating string decorations and pristine vocals from a
stable of hugely gifted singers and collaborators. It's a heady and winning mix.
You'll probably already know and have danced your socks off to 'Rather Be' with
its marvellously soulful vocal from Jess Glynne and the exquisite 'Extraordinary'
courtesy of the wonderful Sharna Bass but dig deeper and there are further treats
in store in the shape of the charming robotic duet 'Dust Clears' (featuring Noonie
Bao); the cheeky staccato entanglements of 'Cologne' (with Javeon and Nikki Cislyn)
and (a highlight for me) the sublimely haunting composition 'Birch', which, with its
beautiful vocal turn from Eliza Shaddad brings a deeper, darker set of sonic colours to
the table. All-in-all there is nothing not to love in this supremely confident collection.
It's gone straight onto my Summer playlist. I doubt I will hear many better albums this year.
Instead I am looking at the presentation and contents and sound of the vinyl edition. I'll also mention delivery and packaging.
The first thing you will notice is how heavy the album is! It is supplied on two heavyweight vinyl disks, and in a very heavy and really rather gorgeous double album sleeve.
The printing on the sleeve is top quality and is finished in a high gloss photo paper finish.
Opening the sleeve and you are presented with all the tracks and their lyrics - it just feels so well presented.
Inside each side of the sleeves is a photo-quality print of the band that you could easily frame and hang on your wall.
The inner sleeves are again heavyweight card finished in a plain white semi-gloss.
The actual records are shiny and heavy and so incredibly tactile compared to a CD.
Each side of each record has a different geometric shape in the centre and its side letter, A, B, C or D. The individual tracks are not listed on the label and are only shown on the sleeve.
Along with the records, you are also supplied with a code to download an MP3 version of the album and a few bonus tracks directly from Warner Records. These are 320kbps MP3s with each track being about 10MB.
The sound quality of the record I found is a little variable and I actually returned the first copy I was sent as it had a clear pressing fault on side D that caused a heavy click for the first two minutes of the record and it also had a lot of hisses and pops on side A.Read more ›
That's not to say these more typical tracks are bad by any means, in fact there's only one or two songs I genuinely found boring, but overall I was just a little let down that most songs just had the strings playing very short melodies over and over again at particular points, in style with the dance genre, rather than being allowed to flow freely with unique melodies over the top of the more repetitive electronic elements.
Overall still a great album, just a shame that only a couple of tracks are on par with "Rather Be" in terms of uniqueness.