Wednesday 2 April 2014

Clean Bandit | Extraordinary feat. Sharna Bass

When I first wrote about Clean Bandit back in December I was never expecting my post to become the most viewed on the bog ever. Week in week out it still remains as the most read item and has now racked up over 27 million hits on YouTube, last week also becoming the most streamed song in the world on Spotify. Pretty big time to say the least. I can only expect their latest effort to follow in its footsteps as the foursome return with new single Extraordinary, due for release on May 19 through Atlantic Records. Set with a Cuban backdrop the band showcase another phenomenal effort in their self-produced videos series as choreographed dancing meets city street cruising, skateboarding and some rather odd location shots of instruments being played in strange places. It may only be a Wednesday but I'm sure you can let your midweek blues slip away as you hit play on what I'm confident in saying has #1 written all over it.

Speaking about the official video and track, cellist Grace Chatto says – "Extraordinary’ is a great example of who we are as a band - it features a brand new young vocalist Sharna Bass who we found through mentoring at South Kilburn Studios, where we wrote and recorded our debut album New Eyes. It's also quite a different musical style to ‘Rather Be’, which is also something characteristic: the marriage of strings and electronic music with lots of different genres of music. We shot the official video in Cuba. It's an incredible country, unlike anywhere else we have ever been to. We wanted to capture the euphoric feeling of the music in sunshine and dancing. We made the video ourselves, as always, with help from two Russian friends and some wonderful people we met out in Havana."

The single comes ahead of the band’s sold-out UK headline tour, which kicks off on April 30 and precedes their debut album New Eyes, out on June 2. Available to Pre-Order here.

30/04     Lancaster, Lancaster Library 
01/05     Liverpool, Sound City 
03/05     Leeds, Live at Leeds 
05/05     Birmingham, Library 
07/05     Manchester, Club Academy 
08/05     Glasgow, King Tuts 
09/05     London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire  
19/07     London, Somerset House

Clean Bandit are: Jack Patterson (bass/sax/deck), Luke Patterson (drums), Grace Chatto (cello/key/synth) and Neil Amin-Smith (violin).


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