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Exclusive Premiere: Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Walter Ego Remix)

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Following shows in 2013 with the likes of Disclosure, Rudimental and London Grammar it is easy to see why many are tipping UK electronic four piece Clean Bandit for similar success in 2014. If last year was the year of the collaboration in dance music then the next 12 months may prove to be that of the band and we think Clean Bandit may well be at the vanguard of this freshly resurgent scene.

Now with our praise still ringing in their ears, Clean Bandit have announced details of their new single ‘Rather Be’ which will hit shelves and hard drives on January 17th via Atlantic Records.

The release follows on from their exhilarating, sold-out UK headline tour towards the end of last year, which included a date at Brixton’s Electric, and saw them also support Basement Jaxx on their huge tour in December.

Speaking about the new single and the accompanying official video, which was shot in Japan, Jack Patterson says “The song has an old school feel. The vocal line was written with Jimmy Napes (Disclosure, Sam Smith, Nile Rodgers) and Nikki B, who features on ‘A&E’ and ‘Nightingale’. It is quite romantic, but the video is about a Japanese fan of the band that becomes delirious and has hallucinations of band members and our logo appearing unexpectedly in her daily life as a chef. Filming in Tokyo was an amazing experience. We made it ourselves, as always, which was quite scary as we’ve never produced anything so far away before. It is a beautiful place and the trip inspired Luke to learn Japanese: he now has Japanese books in the bus every time we travel to a gig.”

Featuring guest vocals from fast rising starlet Jess Glynne ‘Rather Be’ will be backed by remixes of track will come from The Magician, Grum , Royal T and Walter Ego, with the latter reimagining being premiered here exclusively today. The uplifting house track carries Clean Bandit trademark fusion of basslines, hooks and soaring strings.  Referencing the 90’s but bringing it completely up to date for modern dance floors, this is going to start 2014 with a bang for the quartet.

Check out the Walter Ego remix of ‘Rather Be’ below:

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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