Ah yes. That would be class.
More like classical…
It’s true, half of this four-piece are conservatoire-trained string players. But Clean Bandit start from a basis of thumping house and garage, provided by producer Jack Patterson and his younger brother Luke. Their single ‘Mozart’s House’ is the perfect synergy of eighteenth-century German melodicism and a raucous night out in a local Wetherspoon’s.
It’s about time someone brought Radio 3 values to Rinse FM!
‘So you think electronic music is boring? You think it’s stupid? You think it’s repetitive?’
Hold up, I never said that.
No, I was quoting Patterson senior on ‘Mozart’s House’. The group’s self-aware sense of humour reveals their roots as super-smart Cambridge undergraduates.
Oh, they went to Cambridge, yah?
Yah! I mean yes. As did members of Hot Chip, in whose footsteps this quartet are follow.
The Bottom Line: Not stupid, nor boring, nor repetitive.
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Continuing the trend for festivals that started in someone's back garden and then got huge, Standon Calling returns for its twelfth year of boutique fun. As well as solid line-ups, a heated swimming pool, celebrated dog show and an after-hours club in a cowshed, Standon is launching a comedy programme for 2017 and intriguely, master choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne is taking charge of a new modern dance series. Line-up includes: Orbital, Clean Bandit, Slaves, Laura Mvula, Nadia Rose, Cabbage, Kero Kero Bonito, Sink the Pink
This week, east London is going to be teeming with Black Butter. Not the acidic, cider and liquorice-infused delicacy popular in Jersey – that would be weird, sticky and probably dangerous – but in fact the tastemaking London record label that’s released tracks from some of the hottest UK electronic and pop talent, including Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit, My Nu Leng and Kidnap Kid, to name but a few. Now, the label is going east and throwing two huge club nights in its Black Butter x East London Series, one at XOYO in Shoreditch on Thursday, followed by a bash at Shapes in Hackney Wick on Saturday. As is the Black Butter tradition, the full line-ups for both events are top secret, but let us assure you that the roster for the two parties is absolutely on-point, featuring live performances and DJ sets from all kinds of Black Butter family and friends, who’ll be blasting out drum ’n’ bass, R&B, house, grime, reggae, bass and much more. Read more about the Black Butter x East London Series.
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The Garage in Islington has been a mainstay of London’s music scene since 1993, hosting bands such as Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead and more. Following a recent change of ownership to the DHP Family (the guys behind Oslo in Hackney), the whole venue has been revamped with a view to maintaining its title as one of the city’s landmark music venues. The Garage itself has a capacity of 600 and has been restored to its former glory with a state-of-the-art soundsystem and a fully refurbished bar area. There’s some decent food offerings on site as well with the newly kitted out General Store and even a cheeky night club tucked upstairs, renamed Thousand Island, decked out with mirrorballs galore.