Clean Bandit

58 albums, 130 tracks

Electronic

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"Clean Bandit"

Jun 14, 2019

Clean Bandit releases their “serious” yet “dancey” album, pulls up their pre-released single superhits

Soulbyweekly
Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly  / 6 mins read
#CleanBandit#Dance#Electronic#ElectronicPopMusic#WhatIsLove#AnneMarie#JuliaMichaels#SeanPaul

The British Electronic music band “Clean Bandit” released their second studio album “What is Love?” in November 2018 through Atlantic Records, four years after they released their first album. There have been strong influences of R&B besides regular electronic pop and dance music, with a lot of computer-generated work. Grace Chatto, the cellist and vocalist of the trio said that while the last album was light hearted, this one is more lyrically serious as well as “dancey”. Many of these tracks are pre-released hits. The songs in the album feature a lot of collaborations with various musicians like Rita Ora, Tove Styrke, Ellie Goulding, Julia Michaels, Zara Larsson, Demi Lovato, Luis Fonsi and Sean Paul. There is a total of twelve tracks in the album with a total running time of approximately forty-three minutes. However, four more tracks are added in the deluxe edition of the album. The album mostly received positive reviews from the music critics and listeners, however there were some mixed reviews as well. AllMusic rated the album 4 out of 5 stars and said that it “was worth the long wait” and also that the “midtempo jams are as addictive as the euphoric singles, providing contemplative balance and additional opportunities to showcase each inspired collaboration”. Q Magazine also praised the album saying “What Is Love? is a superior compilation, but it's held together by Clean Bandit's winning way with a catchy, wistful tune”. On the other hand, the British newspapers The Guardian and The Independent both rated the album 2 out of 5 stars. The Independent called the album “A shallow, algorithm-friendly array of synthetic pop devotion” and said it was “a more market taster than art”. The Guardian’s album review was also on the negative side as it said, “Melodies are frequently forced and characterless, and many songs possess an almost computer-generated quality: either riddled with counterintuitive or resembling other people’s work”. It received a decent overall rating of 66 out of 100 on Metacritic. The album was featured in many music charts across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It topped the US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) chart and reached the third position on the Australian Dance Albums (ARIA) chart.

A classical-pop, dance-pop track with an extremely emotional music video

The first listed track on the album “Symphony” was released as the third single that was included in the album. As the song featured the Swedish singer songwriter Zara Larsson, the song was included in her second album “So Good” as well. Jack Patterson from Clean Bandit co-wrote this song along with Ammar Malik, Ina Wroldsen and Steve Mac. This is a classical-pop, dance-pop song having a heavy synth and strong dance beats. It comes with a very strong and emotional music video directed by the band members that features a gay couple which tells the tragic story of a man who lost his partner in a bicycle crash. The video portrays how the gay couple spent their time together visiting places and then how his late partner turned to be his inspiration in producing a beautiful symphony. The video also features Zara Larsson in a glittery dress along with Clean Bandit and an orchestra while the heartbreaking story plays out. The song peaked at number one in the UK Singles chart along with several music charts in other countries like Sweden, Norway, Australia and the United States. Even though the track musically and lyrically does not produce much emotional impact, but the music video indeed does.

A tribute to the single mothers

“Rockabye” is the third track of the album that features vocals by the English pop and R&B musician Anne-Marie and the Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul. This is mostly a pop track that was originally released as a single in 2016. Jack Patterson co-wrote this song along with the other featured vocalists Sean Paul, Anne-Marie and also other songwriters like Ammar Malik and Ina Wroldsen. The song was mostly written about the Norwegian singer Ina Wroldsen’s son. It is about a single mother doing everything she has to do including sacrifices and going through hard times, so that her son could have a better life. The song comes with a music video that has more than 2.1 billion views on YouTube, which mostly portrays the musicians at a bar and a young woman pole dancing while she is being watched by other men. This is an extremely catchy song that has gained significant commercial success across the planet and had topped the music charts in many countries like Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Lebanon, Ireland, United Kingdom and all over Europe. It also became the Christmas Number One for 2016, and spent nine consecutive weeks at the number one position on the UK Singles Chart. The powerful lyrics, Anne-Marie’s catchy vocals and the dancey tunes make this song very appealing to the listeners.

A simple yet catchy song about the pain of breaking up with a loved one

“I Miss You” is the eleventh track of the album that features vocals by the American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels, who was also a co-writer of this song besides the band members Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson. The song was released in October 2017 as the fourth single that was included in the album. Julia Michaels said on Twitter that she wrote this song at the height of an emotional roller coaster she was going through. Grace Chatto said to Billboard that this is a simple song that is about the pain of breaking up with someone. The song has a very strong emotional punch that makes it very appealing. It comes with a very catchy self-directed music video that was shot in the United Kingdom and a Los Angeles desert. Julia Michaels and the band members all dressed in red are seen singing along the railway tracks, intercut with some landscape shots and special effects. This song was also featured in many music charts across the world. It topped the music charts in Israel, Croatia and Netherlands, and was featured at the second position on Australia Dance (ARIA) Music chart.

May 13, 2019

Clean Bandit And What Is Love? Change In The Wrong Way

JorgeDiaz
Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio  / 6 mins read
#CleanBandit#Dance#DancePop#House#Pop#ReggaeFusion#SynthPop#WhatIsLove

When you prepare a coffee, you do follow the exact combination to have the same coffee every morning. You follow a formula to get a certain result every time you try. And although sometimes the same coffee every day tires and, it seems something different, it is not wrong to use exact recipes when it comes to the palate. But in art is different and, above all, when your origins and influences have nothing to do with places, styles and ways of conceiving the different currents that give identity to entire regions; it takes much more than putting everything in a cup and mix, the results can be disastrous and end with reputations and even careers. The album, What Is Love? by Clean Bandit aims to be universal and wants to reach a very broad audience by trying to speak in the musical language of other cultures, when in fact that audience was already there and understood the British band very well. I do not think there is a need to change if we do not advance or enrich some genre or style. Rather it seems that the guys who were once the sensation of breaking into an unusual proposal among electropop lovers when introducing that baroque style and the classic touches that characterized them, went the easiest way and the results are at the sight and everyone's ears. Decadent, predictable, without energy and with songs that perhaps their most loyal public, did not ask. It's coffee without caffeine, lactose-free milk, a record that they will want to forget soon and get to work with greater seriousness, sincerity and without falling into the commercial pressures that the record labels usually exert on all the artists who obtain a success as great as Clean Bandit. It is not a disk to erase and not to listen again since there are two or three songs that can be rescued and the quality of sound and recording with which it was made is typical of the artists who have budget.

Songs On Request

I imagine all the people involved in the project of this album sitting in a boardroom in front of a blackboard writing a list of what they believe are the problems or situations that youth is going through right now and thus established the line of letters that they were going to write, wrong. In another list, they enumerated the rhythms and styles that have been massive success in the last two years and so decided the musical style of the disc, very bad. To show what I'm saying is the song: "Baby” features by Marina And The Diamonds y Luis Fonsi. I guess the dynamic was the following: “Lirics” checked, “Rithm” checked, “Singers” checked… Ready! We'll have a hit! Well, no, I'm sure that whoever does not want to participate in a formula project like this will be Luis Fonsi, who came to get what he probably never imagined with his song "Despacito", which became a global phenomenon without intending to. And that is what the composition is about, let creativity come when you have to; be honest, respect your roots and influences and from there to explore new things. Clean Bandit tried the opposite and the ridiculous was epic. Bad luck for the winner of X Factor UK 2015, Louisa Johnson, not because the theme she plays on this album is as bad as the others; in fact, it is one of the two or three issues to be rescued, but because for those who start a career as difficult as this is not good to relate it to a disk destined to failure. Her interpretative quality and the success that Clean Bandit had in sticking to its classic style, saved the song, with details on the melody that reminds me of Gloria Gaynor and the desire that Louisa Johnson has to transcend, the song, "Tears" may be the most satisfying of the band and its main interpreter on this album. Although with a video for oblivion, full of very visible resources and decadent visual messages, let's make an effort to listen to it.

Qué Se Necesita Para Bailar?

Always is good to stop along the way and reflect where we want to go and where we are going in reality. When success surprises you, as it surprised the British Clean Bandit, there is nothing better to get away from the business mindset, that corrupts everything, and remain true to your artistic instinct which was what led you to achieve commercial success. They are not the first and will not be the last to go through experiences as bitter as these, but the important thing is to overcome it soon. Their nature is to make fun the nights when friends go out to dance, then the question is simple: What do you need to dance? And the answer is even simpler: rescuing the essence of Clean Bandit. I clarify that I'm not talking about formulas because that's what I criticize this album, I'm talking about sticking to your musical training and let the creativity take you to those places where you are an expert and you have given so much satisfaction to your fans. Neither is it about not changing or not experimenting with other musical genres, but to do so you must surround those who know and not try to make a copy that will not be interpreted with feeling because those roots are unknown, it will be impossible that someone else perceive the feeling. Not to stay with that bad impression that the album What Is Love? provokes, let's listen to the other song that I think has to be rescued also this Is "Should've Known Better" in which Anne-Marie collaborated. With a sweet voice and an excellent interpretative technique, the song has a very good rhythmic section an arrangement in the choruses that the truth is to envy anyone. What I've tried to say in all this narrative, is that it is not to panic, I'm sure that Clean Bandit will learn quickly from their mistakes, correct the course and surprise us again with a good album.

From Jamiroquai to Clean Bandit

Jamiroquai was my guy. I discovered him how everyone else basically discovered him in the nineties. “Virtual Insanity” and its one of a kind sliding floor music video. Changed the game. I stayed up on other British music like Daft Punk and Moloko and even went to England for a time visiting some distant relatives. The impression I got from my adventures and the people I danced and partied with is that they had this thing for ‘disco.’ In fact, they called events or places to dance discos. I as an American knew what disco really was. But I suppose I was thrilled that this island was sort of behind in the times, but also celebratory of the times, equating to a sense of dancing without judgement. Clean Bandit, not surprisingly, a British dance band, is a more modern continuation of that very English spirit – and I was so blessed to experience it first, in the early 2000s.

Written by Showtime / Apr 24, 2019

Forever 21 Music Is Never A Good Descriptor

A lot of girls say the most cliché thing they possibly could and claim that a band like Clean Bandit, and an album like New Eyes, is just Forever 21 music, or Abercrombie & Fitch music, and that irks me to no end. First of all, this is such good music taken on it’s own, not tied to these corporations. It is these types of attitudes that has always kept my friends stupid when it comes to music preference. I especially hated when I was the driver, excited to play a band like Clean Bandit, and the very second that so and so would hear the track, she would say ‘oh this is what the play at Forever 21, next.’ I never understood that – I could never tell if they thought the music was cool or not cool. It was more of a blanket statement that was meant to make the person saying it sound intellectual.

Written by lostinlove / Apr 24, 2019

Full Lips And Disco Hips

For the period of time I was listening to music like New Eyes, I was following the trail of what I considered a goddess for at least a year. She was the most beautiful person I had ever scene, not because she was traditionally beautiful of course, but because she had these characteristics, like an interesting nose, full lips (which I kissed), and the body of a dancer. She happened to be a disco dancer, and this disco revival was in. New Eyes capitalized on that essence of time, and I would go to all the events he would invite me to, thinking that one of those nights, we would fall in love finally. But I was just one of many on the dance floor.

Written by SkiSlopes / Apr 24, 2019

Clean Bandit Earned Their Spot In The Pop Royalty Pantheon With Debut Album New Eyes

There are few things I hate more in this world than being proven wrong about a long-held ideal of mine, especially when it pertains to musical opinion as I pride myself on having a decent grasp of what’s considered truly compelling music & what’s utter garbage worthy of critical evisceration. Regarding this line of thought, Clean Bandit’s phenomenal debut album New Eyes is easily the sharpest thorn in my side, as it goes against every single one of my prejudices against the English trio I’ve cultivated over the years, giving people on the other side of the debate some incredibly well-designed ammo to fire back whenever I voice any gripes about their most recent commercial & creative flops – To roll things back a bit, I’ve spent the last few years absolutely shitting on Clean Bandit as a band, in part for their role in popularizing the mid-teens Tropical Pop revolution that spawned directly from Reggae Fusion & in another for their seeming inability to escape this decidedly-profitable subgenre on 2018’s What Is Love?, shamelessly selling out & following mainstream trends rather than using their immense fame to produce something truly original that could inspire the next generation of Electronic performers to break away from accepted formulas; It seemed every single time you heard the group’s name in the news, it was always attached to an incredibly generic Caribbean-inspired Dance Pop tune that sounded eerily similar to everything else on the radio, generally receiving such critical acclaim for the inclusion of up & coming celebrity artists who were popular with the young’ns, thereby perpetuating the cycle of Pop music’s current monotony by refusing to evolve in any tangible way. I’m sure much of my disdain came from jealousy, as every boring Pop artist with a formulaic style tends to grind my gears when there’re so many brilliant bands out there with incredible understandings of musical theory just waiting to be discovered, but I quickly grew to despise the trio whenever I heard their names, turning the act of trash talking into a somewhat pleasurable hobby I engaged in whenever possible – Well, while modern songs like “Solo” with Demi Lovato are undeniably corny & others like the Sean Paul & Anne-Marie collaboration “Rockabye” still make me want to slit my wrists, I’m pleased to say I’ve gained a newfound respect for Clean Bandit’s earlier days after making a return trip to New Eyes as it’s chock-full of stellar hits I’d previously had absolutely no idea they wrote, the vast majority of their driving compositions accounting for some of my favourite House jams of the last decade. Though this directly conflicted with my fervent hatred, it was actually an astounding revelation of both good & bad implications; On the one hand, it meant Clean Bandit were actually pretty magnificent musicians at one time who’ve surprised me in spectacular fashion, though on the other it means their recent quality has fallen at an exponential rate to a comparably inferior level, validating my current criticisms of their unsatisfying follow-up record wholeheartedly – So, yeah, I guess you could say New Eyes is the gift that keeps on giving.

Written by camjameson from Extraneous Routes / Mar 15, 2019

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    2008–present

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Clean Bandit are an English electronic music band, formed in Cambridge in 2008. The band consists of members Grace Chatto, and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson. Many of their projects are known for blending elements of both classical and dance music, and featuring guest vocalists. Notable collaborators include Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Anne Marie, Sean Paul, Demi Lovato, Zara Larsson, Luis Fonsi and Marina and the Diamonds.
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