Clean Bandit have announced details of their second studio album ‘What Is Love?’, which they confirmed will be released on the 30th of November 2018. Meanwhile, if you can’t wait, you can pre-order their LP now. For a band that thrive on true collaborative endeavours, Clean Bandit have commanded yet another impressive and extensive list of blockbuster vocalists – including: Zara Larsson, Marina, Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato, Sean Paul, Anne-Marie, Ellie Goulding, KYLE, Big Boi, Tove Styrke, Stefflon Don, Craig David, Kirsten Joy, Rita Ora, Julia Michaels and ALMA. The deluxe edition will feature Yasmin Green, Charli XCX, Bhad Bhabie, DaVido, Love Ssega and Louisa Johnson.
‘What Is Love?’ is the fruit of the past three years’ work and an exciting new chapter for Clean Bandit. It is the follow-up to the band’s, two million-selling and UK Top 3, debut album ‘New Eyes’, which was released in 2014. The album is underpinned by the band’ hit singles “Rockabye” feat. Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, “Symphony” feat. Zara Larsson, “I Miss You” feat. Julia Michaels, “Tears” feat. Louisa Johnson and “Solo” feat. Demi Lovato. The album was recorded across the globe and has been produced by the trio’s long-standing producer, Mark Ralph (Years & Years), Clean Bandit’s very own, 2 x Ivor Novello-winning, Jack Patterson, and Grace Chatto.
“The album looks at many different kinds and stages of love. We’ve been making it over three years, during which time we’ve all experienced love in our lives in different ways and, some of us, heartbreak too. Somehow this is all expressed in the music: brotherly love; family love; romantic love; crazy all-consuming love; the pain of love turning into something different or dishonest; and, of course, in ‘Rockabye’, unconditional motherly love. It explores the sacrifices we all go through for love and for each other, even when it is difficult. It’s been such an honour to write and record with all of the amazing singers and musicians involved in the record. We made the songs all over the world, mainly in North London and LA – some lines were even recorded in a bathroom in Uganda! We really hope that everyone will find tracks on this album to identify with and we can’t wait to share it with you,” says Grace – the band’s cellist.
The trio had their break through, to the mainstream, in 2014 with their, massive 12 million-selling and GRAMMY-winning, single “Rather Be”, the pioneering six BRIT-nominated band have paved the way in the global pop scene with their blend of classical, electronica, pop, dancehall and R&B, proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with in the charts across the globe. Clean Bandit have sold over 40 million singles worldwide and accumulated over 10 billion streams and 3.5 billion YouTube views to date! Not to mention their cutting-edge self-directed official music videos that have further propelled the band as a creative force.
The band, who formed in Cambridge in 2008, recently released “Solo” feat. Demi Lovato, which not only marked Clean Bandit’s fourth UK No.1, but their ninth UK Top 5 and seventh consecutive UK Top 5 that saw them land the most consecutive Top 5 records, from any artist, since Girls Aloud in 2005 and the same amount of UK No.1’s as Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Lady Gaga. The trio’s 2016 UK Christmas No.1 “Rockabye” continues to hold the record as the longest-running UK No.1 in 24 years for a UK band, surpassing Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around”.