The divide between bass culture and the mainstream is falling day by day.
With Katy B scoring bona fide hit singles and Jessie Ware notching up a Mercury nomination, it seems that it's now possible to match underground recognition with chart success. The latest signings to Black Butter - who helped launch Rudimental - Clean Bandit are toasting the release of their new single.
Out today (December 10th) the title of 'A&E' should be taken literally. Jack Patterson explains: “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.”
To coincide with the release of 'A&E' the band have compiled a new mixtape. Featuring a number of inspirations and influences, it finds Clean Bandit shouting out towards the likes of Manchester's xxxy post-dubstep duo Mount Kimbie.
However there is also a pop edge on display. Faith Evans gets re-worked, while there's a soulful vein running through the progression of the mix. It's an intriguing offering, one that shines a light on their origins and also points to potential new directions.
xxxy - I Know This (Can't Be Love)
Mount Kimbie - Sketch On Glass
Clean Bandit - A&E (Clean Bandit remix)
Faith Evans - Love Like This (Behling & Simpson Edit)
Last Magpie – No More Stories
Voltron – Don’t Stop
Debruit – Nigeria What?
Clean Bandit - Nightingale (Gorgon City remix)
Murlo – At The Knees