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The Rise of Clean Bandit

One act that has made a mark so far this year, is the electronic group Clean Bandit who started 2014 with a long running number #1 single which has got critics wanting to hear more from this talented quartet.

The group, comprised of members Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith, met at the University of Cambridge. The group’s classical and electronic sound came from Chatto and Amin-Smith being a part of a string quartet; their performances were recorded and remixed by Jack Patterson with drum beats and various other electronic sounds which gave them the idea of starting a band in 2009. The groups sound is a fusion of these contrasting musical sounds which instantly made them stand out from any other group in the music industry.

In late 2012, Clean Bandit released their first single ‘A+E’ which got to number #100 in the UK singles chart, the track blended steel drum beats with classic violin strings which caught the attention of many music critics and even received airplay from Radio 1. Following on from this the group released their second single in March 2013, ‘Mozart’s House’, which was met with critical acclaim which crossed over to the mainstream peaking at number #17 in the UK charts increasing the band’s fan base in the process. This song showcased more originality and created an online buzz for them also. This single was preceded with ‘Dust Clears’ which entered the charts at number #43 in July 2013, giving Clean Bandit their 3rd song to enter the UK Top 100 singles chart.

In January 2014, Clean Bandit took things to the next level with the release of their fourth single, ‘Rather Be’, which went straight to the top of the UK singles chart. The track featured up and coming vocalist Jess Glynne and stayed at the top spot for four weeks, selling nearly half a million copies in the process. The track has broken records including the biggest sales for a January number #1 since ‘Spaceman’ by Babylon Zoo in 1996, and most streams in a single week in the UK on Spotify beating ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. The success has also travelled over seas with the song hitting the top spot in Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Israel plus getting as far as number #2 in the Australian charts.

After this hugely successful number #1 single, Clean Bandit will release their debut album ‘New Eyes’ in May this year. The record will feature all of the band’s singles previous singles plus collaborations with Gorgon City, Stlyo G and Elisabeth Troy to name but a few. It is clear that this album is highly anticipated and will be the start of many exciting things to come for this innovative group.

Written by Harry Towse

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