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Clean Bandit        

British Electronic Group Known for the Hit "Rather Be"

Clean Bandit are a British electronic group, founded in Cambridge, England, 2009. Their 2013 single "Mozart's House," released on Black Butter Records, reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2014, they scored their first UK Singles Chart-topping single with "Rather Be," featuring elements of classical music, along with a dance music beat. "Rather Be" remained at the top of the chart for four weeks.

Clean Bandit's music has been described as 'fusion' music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep-house elements. Most of their music intertwines classical compositions, such as those from Beethoven, Dvorak, etc. (most typically, Mozart for their song "Mozart's House") and they say that some of their music has a lot of humour and a bit tongue in cheek at times.

They produce the music themselves and invite guest artists to sing their songs. Initially, many record labels refused to sign them up as they thought they were a 'joke band.'

Chatto stated that the music videos that accompany the songs are integral to the works as a whole; the videos would be conceived during the process of writing the music. The videos are made independently by themselves and often have references to culture in them (e.g. the ice skating man in the video to "Dust Clears" is a reference to the painting by Henry Raeburn of The Skating Minister). Chatto and Patterson formed their own film production company, Cleanfilm, to make music videos for themselves and other artists, and corporate videos.

The band's name, Clean Bandit, comes from a translation of a Russian phrase (Chatto and Patterson lived in Russia for a period); the meaning is similar to the English phrase "complete bastard." Patterson later in May 2014 said that it is actually a rather affectionate term similar to the English 'utter rascal.'

In December 2012 the group released their debut single "A+E," which peaked at No. 100 on the UK Singles Chart.

The album's fourth single "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne was their first No. 1 on the chart.

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