SONG OF THE DAY: Clean Bandit ft Sharna Bass – Extraordinary

Following up a massive number one single like “Rather Be” is quite a challenge, but Clean Bandit have done quite well with aptly-titled “Extraordinary.” Continuing their signature sound of mixing classical instrumentation (piano/cello) with classic house vibes, the groovy-tempoed track is the perfect bed for the honeyed-soul vocals of 16 year-old newcomer Sharna Bass. When I wrote up “Rather Be,” I described it as the “2014 take on the Deep Dish/Everything But the Girl collaborations and productions,” and this new song continues that direction with a bit more of a soulful garage vibe. Set for a June release, Clean Bandit’s debut album ‘New Eyes’ (which includes their previous releases “Mozart’s House” and “Dust Clears”) is shaping up to be this year’s massive credible dance-pop crossover in the same vein as Disclosure. I know that I will be buying the download as soon as it is available.

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SONGS OF THE DAY: Gorgon City ft MNEK – “Ready For Your Love” and Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne “Rather Be”

These two songs that originally hit the interwebs in December finally get their commercial release this week (at least in the UK.). Both are part of the ’90s flashback meme, though they channel different influences.? “Ready For Your Love” is a straightforward R&B dance song with garage elements woven nicely throughout.? While the track is good, the real star is the vocalist MNEK.? The singer has had major success producing and writing major hits for The Saturdays, Little Mix, and Duke Dumont (as well as for Kylie’s upcoming album), and listening to this song will make you look forward to more music with him as the lead vocalist.? Featuring a similarily soulful vocal, “Rather Be” is a seductively addictive piano-based house track.? For ’90s inspiration, I would say the Clean Bandit is a 2014 take on the Deep Dish/Everything But the Girl collaborations and productions, while the Gorgon City recalls the best work of the Artful Dodger.? Both of these songs are bound for major pop success in the UK, and hopefully they will make it over here to the states as well.

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SONGS OF THE DAY: Gorgon City ft MNEK – “Ready For Your Love” and Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne “Rather Be”