Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynne)

A song becomes more powerful when you can relate to it on multiple levels. The first time I heard this song, I was in my new office, at my new desk, 5,000 miles away from where I was living a week earlier. Thankfully this office is now in England which is where the group Clean Bandit came to be formed. And this is where I heard this song for the first time.

The first time I heard this, aside from just freezing as any song which opens with a stringy instrument  playing already has my heart, I thought this song was about just being with the one you love. I recently read an interesting statistic that 70% of all songs created are love songs.

But then the song grew legs. Like my own personal anthem. Being exactly where you need to be. Not just about love, but about the place. Or more accurate even serendipity, or “fortuitous happenstance”. Which until now I thought meant more along the lines of right-place-right-time, but really means an accidental encounter with something you were not searching for. One of my favourite words in the dictionary.

I guess the two often go hand in hand. Many of our sayings we say go along the lines of “whatever will be will be”  or “if its meant to happen it will” or I guess more abstractly “a watched pot never boils” – which could be taken as meaning change doesn’t come when you are looking for it. We are told these things just happen. But I think serendipity is another thing all together. It is accidental but you wanted it all along. You didn’t know what you were missing until you had it and realised you cannot live without it. Whether the song is about a place or a person or a the feeling of being right where you belong, this song is meant to be an anthem. Something to be sung. Something to be danced to.

Clean Bandit has put a lot of love in to this, undoubtably, summer banger for us all. So hopefully you will happen upon this little treasure and it can remind you you are just where you are supposed to be. They are sure to have a few more treats for us on the expected May 2014 release of their album from Atlantic Records. For now, live in this moment and play this tune.

Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynne)

Music Remixes

Clean Bandit – Dust Clears

I’ve raved about Clean Bandit before, and I’m so ready to rave about them again. Here’s a group that seems to be doing everything right. There’s eclectic sound, a variety of vocals, and clever beats. It makes me so happy to learn about music like this, where the music makers are truly testing their boundaries and learning a new language with one another. I can only imagine what brainstorming sessions are like with the members of this band, a conversation in the language that is music. For each group of musicians, the subject matter may be different. For some, the conversation brings out each musicians strengths, inspired so much by the surroundings that the ultimate work can be called their very best work. I imagine that this is what the music making process is like for Clean Bandit. 

This lovely new melody is perfect because of how unpredictable it is from the beginning. The moment a woman’s voice enters during the chorus, the ears are ready but unsuspecting. The lyrics are awesome, too, speaking to not only my current mindset, but many others I’m sure.

Imagine if the life that you thought you shared
Wasn’t really there.
It was made up in your mind,
Could be anyone, anywhere,

‘Cause you’d been living in a world of your own design, undermined,
In another place other space in time.

As the dust clears and it all starts to disappear,
It may get harder ’cause you just restarted.

You better get real, real, real and
Realize that the situation’s going nowhere.
Because you act so tough I’ve totally lost control.
So please try to understand that if I could
I’d call and I would be there.
And if it didn’t hurt so much you know I’d give you it all.

It’s a universal idea, something we all deal with. The reality that lies underneath whatever infatuation we have, the truth behind all the bull $h*t, is always a lot harder to deal with. I love that line especially, it may get harder, ’cause you just restarted. The hardness is still to come, as is the discomfort. Look forward to it because it makes your reality that much better. The hard work for the happiness is the only way the happiness exists.  The contrast in vocals and sounds creates a beautiful duality to the subject of this song, which is so honestly real. So as the tune gets stuck in your head, allow the lyrics to remain as well, because they’re worth thinking about.

The new EP doesn’t come out until the end of July, so you can check out Dust Clears for now and anxiously await what will probably be an awesome production of music. Apparently Alt-J, and Russ Chimes are among others that remix this very track.

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Clean Bandit – A&E

I’m a snake, I’m a tricky little freak,
I’m a killer, you won’t see me as I slither down the street
I make noise and I’m poised like a train as you please,
I make heat when I tweet, I am the real McCoy.”

This song is a slap to the metaphorical face in the best way possible. The kind that wakes you up, shakes you out. After a moment, you nod and smile, mutter something that sounds like a thanks with an ambivalent smirk across your face. You needed that.

I knew nothing about Clean Bandit when I discovered them from a friend. The London based band is everything you would hope for in a sassy and classy group of young folk. They’re diverse, eclectic, beautiful and talented. I’m excited to see the progress they make this year, certainly on the horizon with the release of their new EP in the upcoming months. There’s little on the interwebs in terms of interviews for the band — I’d love to sit them down and talk about their background. It’s certainly new to find such a clash of genres in one piece of music, especially with this song.

The music video inhabits an urban landscape traveled by members of the band that string us along while indulging us in our guilty pleasure of watching people dance. I don’t know about you guys, but synchronized moves in the partner persuasion is all I ever want to watch. It’s such a seemingly simple music video characteristic, and that’s why it is so entertaining — because I can’t do it. So to all the people making music videos out there, if you can find two cool people to dance in sync to your music with a constant changing background, do it. It works.

Have fun with this one y’all.

Clean Bandit – A&E