Introducing: Clean Bandit

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Introducing Clean Bandit – a London-based quartet who are about to catapult themselves into 2013 as one of the year’s most exciting and dynamic acts. Calling on a an array of vocal collaborators reminiscent of Basement Jaxx and Massive Attack, they’ve created a unique culture clash of bass, beats and soaring string arrangements. They will release their new single ‘A&E’ on November 25 via Black Butter Records – the influential indie label that released Rudimental’s ‘Feel The Love’.

WATCH // 'A&E'

Commenting on the new single, Jack Patterson says –

“The track is called A&E because we were queuing in A&E at the Whittington Hospital when it was written: one of us waiting for a brain scan, another pumping beats through Ableton on his lap top!**The strings came later: we recorded these in St Etheldreda's church, Holborn.*The two singers on this track are Kandaka Moore and Nikki Marshall. We found them singing as part of local community singing and dancing group next door to our studio in Kilburn and thought they would be perfect for this track.

We made the video ourselves, as always, and after having the idea of the snake about a year ago, it was quite daunting having to make it a reality learning how to use 3d animation software on the hoof.***The dancers, Rhys Dennis and Kandaka Moore, were great to work with, completely unphased by being painted gold over the course of two hours' stop frame animation and then flaunting it around London!"
The music video for ‘A&E’, which the band produced themselves, premiered on Channel 4’s Random Acts (the channel’s nightly arts strand, showcasing specially commissioned three-minute films) last week. The track has already picked up daytime plays from Huw Stephens at Radio 1 and Eddie Temple Morris at XFM. There’s also a free mixtape available to download from their official website. Over the coming weeks, Clean Bandit will be heading out on the road to support the likes of SBTRKT, Rusko and Rudimental. Watch this space for more live news.

The collective – Jack Patterson (bass/sax/deck), Luke Patterson (drums), Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith (both strings) – formed after running club nights in Cambridge in 2009 and created their distinct trademark sound, which fuses classical, electronica and hip-hop beats. Their debut single ‘Mozart’s House’ received huge radio support when it released, picking up numerous plays from the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, John Kennedy, Fearne Cotton. Furthermore, the video for heir second single ‘UK Shanty’ was commissioned by Channel 4 and featured UK supermodel Lily Cole as a ethereal mermaid.

Clean Bandit UK dates:
  • Nov 2 XOYO London (supporting Rudimental)
  • Nov 3 The Rainbow Birmingham (supporting SBTRKT)
  • Nov 24 Motion Bristol (Annie Mac Presents)
  • Nov 29 Fabric London (supporting Rusko)

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  • David Newport

    Brilliant!  Also listen to ‘Birch’ by Clean Bandit it’s wonderful.

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