Rather Be

I first banged on about Clean Bandit about a year ago. Since then they’ve had a Top Ten hit in one of those WHAT THE HELL underestimating the public moments with Mozart’s House and last week they unleashed their most mainstream effort to date – Rather Be. It’s a monster.

My first thought was actually – wow a cool Asian popstar, but as it transpires that’s just a character. The vocals come from Jess Glynne who is also working with Rudimental on new material and will certainly be someone to watch over the next year. In it’s crudest comparison Rather Be is very Katy B (well Katy B meets Vanessa Mae if we’re being facetious). It’s co-written by Jimmy Napes who helped write Latch and is part of the whole Disclosure / Rudimental / Sam Smith posse who are pretty much behind everything amazing in current pop music.

Rather Be is out on January 20th and should be the first big #1 of 2014.

Clean Bandit

Yesterday I was struggling to complete my Sound of 2013 votes for the BBC. Some years it’s really clear who I believe will be big next year, but there hasn’t be a huge amount of stuff coming through to my ears of late save for the obvious stuff that’s been specifically set up and held back just to get on the 2013 poll (see A*M*E, Haim, Willy Moon) which is a bit dull.

As I was about to submit my 3, one of Radio 1’s music team posted this gem as his top choice. It’s a band called Clean Bandit and this is the absolutely incredible A&E. There’s soul, classical violins, trippy vocals, garage vibes, everything you need for a smash. Released through the fresh talenthouse that is Black Butter Records, it appears that the band are the instrumentalists and they’re working with a variety of vocalists on their material. This time round we’re listening to the really cool sounds of Kandaka Moore & Nikki Marshall.


I’m off to listen to Goldust and Sweet Like Chocolate now.