CLEAN BAN­DIT New Eyes At­lantic ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Clean Ban­dit’s no­tion to blend clas­si­cal and dance mu­sic has suc­cess­ful paid off, judg­ing by the pop­u­lar­ity of Mozart’s House and Rather Be. Of course, dance mu­sic’s fond­ness for strings is a long-run­ning one, with many acts, pro­duc­ers and DJs adding at­mo­spheric or­ches­tra­tion to their basslines. The trick for these Cam­bridge grads is to stretch their mix of bleeps, drops, Dvorák and Mozart into a full al­bum. When it works, you can suss a band fully aware of the many pos­si­bil­i­ties at hand. Both Dust Clears and Ex­tra­or­di­nary, for ex­am­ple, find odd an­gles and edges to pro­pel the over­all pop­house mo­men­tum. Sadly, there are a cou­ple of prime dogs din­ners and smug fests on show, es­pe­cially Come Over, in which posh diva vo­cals clash badly with Stylo G’s dance­hall chat­ter. Clean Ban­dit’s tem­plate may well be in need of new strings. clean­ban­dit.co.uk Down­load: Ex­tra­or­di­nary, Rather Be

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