Single Review: Clean Bandit – ‘Real Love (ft. Jess Glynne)’

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British electronic group Clean Bandit achieved phenomenal chart success in 2014 with “Rather Be”. The track, which features vocals from English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne, spent four weeks at #1 in the Official UK Singles Charts, selling 163,000 copies in its opening week back in January, making it the second fastest selling single of the year (behind Band Aid 30 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”). On the back of Rather Be, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have teamed up once again for their latest single “Real Love”.

The four-piece band’s unique selling point is their ability to fuse a range of genres together in their music, including classical, funk, dance and pop. Combined with the soulful vocals of Jess Glynne, Real Love offers a distinctive blend of styles that stands out amongst the wave of dance music that is currently dominating the charts.

The track, which is the first to be taken from the new edition of their debut album “New Eyes”, opens with the rich sounds of a bass, cello and piano, as Glynne’s terrific vocals trickle over the top. As the momentum and energy builds, ‘Real Love’ bursts into a dance chorus that brilliantly demonstrates Clean Bandit’s signature style.

While the lyrics tether on the edge of being too repetitive, as Glynne repeatedly belts out “this is real, real, real, real love” throughout the chorus, Real Love is a solid track that is highly reminiscent of Rather Be.

However, this likeness to their first collaboration is Real Love’s main downfall. The song doesn’t bring anything new to the table, as Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have played it safe by attempting to ride on the success of Rather Be. Had they taken a few more risks, this could have been a smash hit. Instead, we’re left with a slightly underwhelming track that will struggle to make a significant impact on the charts.