Following their amazing Glastonbury Festival performance, and a UK headline tour, electronic-classical quartet Clean Bandit brought their unique new music to Fred Perry Subculture’s Sub-Sonic Live, on Friday 20th December 2013, at The Garage, London.With support from the amazing Gorgon City, plus the hotly tipped Javeon.
With its super stylish Anglo/Japanese video, the single has shot to number 1 in the Official UK Chart, knocking Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' off the top spot! The band's stunning live performance of 'Rather Be' was also one of the stand out moments of Clean Bandit's set at Sub Sonic Live on December 20 last year.
The band also performed their superb Summer 2013 tracks 'Mozart's House' and 'Dust Clears':
Gorgon City are North London producers Matt & Kye. Their already distinctive sound is a logical development of the duo’s individual work as RackNRuin and Foamo. Hailing from the impressive Black Butter camp (who brought you Rudimental amongst others) and due to release their debut album in 2014 as a joint venture with Virgin / EMI, the pair are one of the most exciting and hotly tipped new acts in the ever-flourishing landscape of British club savvy pop.
Their latest single ‘‘Ready For You Love’ received its first exclusive play on R1 recently as Zane Lowes ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and features the vocal talents of MNEK who co-wrote the track with Matt and Kye. It’s a track that further establishes Gorgon City’s ability in capturing stunning performances from their collaborators. MNEK’s soaring soulful delivery marries perfectly with the duo’s signature production touches, bringing together the beatific agility of two-step with the gravity and resonance of deep house, dropping into an instantly addictive chorus hook.
I need to be with you right now and that’s how I want it to be yeah from here on now... So goes Javeon McCarthy’s vocal refrain on L-Vis 1990’s future-house heater Forever Young. When he sang it to a 3,500 strong crowd at Belgium’s Pukklepop festival last August while hosting alongside the Nightslugs impresario, he found the front row singing the lyrics back at him. “That was a moment…they were right there with me,” says the Bristol born singer with a hint of emotion.
Then 23-year old McCarthy is a latter day soul man through and through. He’s been a fixture on his city’s endlessly fertile underground music scene since the tender age of 13, when he and some other likely lads formed Kold Hearted Krew – one of them being R&B/Dubstep crossover specialist Joker. It was just at that period where garage was morphing into grime and McCarthy found his skills as an MC being called upon as much as his instinct for harmony.
McCarthy spent five years honing both crafts in the simmering bass driven scene that has always been a Bristol mainstay, writing as much material as he could and collaborating with key artists from what would turn out to be the next generation of genre-defining artists to emerge from the city. He describes his working relationship with much lauded Dubstep producer Guido as ‘like boot camp,’ as the pair put out ever more finely honed tracks and mixtapes. At the same time, he was writing songs for R&B outfit Route Elevation, with whom he performed at Glastonbury, as well as studying at Access to Music, where he really got to understand the industry.