Violinist and longtime member Neil Amin-Smith may have decided to call it quits, but that doesn’t mean Clean Bandit are gonna abandon us just yet! In fact, they’re already moving on with the release of their mighty new single “Rockabye” featuring an all-star cast, with vocals from Sean Paul and up-and-coming British singer, Anne-Marie.
The track, which follows their Louisa Johnson-assisted smash “Tears,” showcases genre-defying Clean Bandit at their best. And luckily, they’ve managed to steer clear of following the formula of their past hits too closely, opting instead to deliver us a healthy serving of Ace of Base “All That She Wants“-esque reggae-pop realness.
“So, Rockabye baby, Rockabye/ I’m gonna rock you/ Rockabye baby, don’t you cry/ Somebody’s got you/ Rockabye baby, Rockabye,” Anne-Marie infectiously sings on the hook above the cool, summer-ready rhythms before Sean comes in with a solid verse.
“We’ve wanted to work with Sean Paul for a long, long while and it’s a dream that we’ve managed to finally do it,” member Grace Chatto said in a statement. “Anne-Marie tells the story and we love her voice. We first heard her singing with Rudimental and we’ve met her at a million festivals over the past couple of years – it’s been so lovely to collaborate together. Jack wrote the song with Ina Wrolsden, who wrote the words about her son, which is why it rings so true for us and is so emotional and special.”
“We directed the video ourselves as always, and our Russian friends, Anya and Daria, helped to film it,” Grace added. “The concept for the video came about after I met an Italian pole dancer earlier this year when I was living in Florence. She’s an absolutely amazing acrobat and the star of the video, playing the mother character in the song. The mother’s plight is to do everything she can to give her child a better life, but while doing this, she finds love and a talent for gymnastics and departs into a fantasy world.”