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May 30, 2014 6:38 pm

Clean Bandit: New Eyes – review

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What do you get if you cross dance music with Mozart? That’s right, a stampede for the exit.

But hold on, the London quartet Clean Bandit, three of whom met at Cambridge university, may be on to something after all.

The Bach chorale at the start of “A&E” leads neatly into a peppy UK funky beat while the excerpts from Mozart’s string quartet no. 21 decorating “Mozart’s House” fit surprisingly well with (to use a technical musicological term) banging electro.

Elsewhere there are crisp excursions into garage and R&B sung by various guest vocalists, none well-known, all as fresh-faced as the music. It could be a little less well-mannered (the carnival bounce of “Come Over” is more Trinity College than Trinidad) and no doubt there’s a cringeworthy Proms concert in the offing, probably with Nigel Kennedy breakdancing – but overall this is an improbably catchy act of musical fusion.


Clean Bandit

New Eyes

(Atlantic)

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