Bastille love Damon Albarn's solo material

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 May 2014
Bastille's Dan Smith performing

Bastille's Dan Smith performing

Bastille's Dan Smith was seriously impressed with Damon Albarn's solo album and is also a fan of BRIT Award-winner Sam Smith

Bastille are big fans of Damon Albarn.

The 'Pompeii' hitmakers were impressed with the Blur and Gorillaz musician's long-awaited first solo effort, 'Bad Robots', and think his comeback was a stroke of genius.

In an interview discussing the musical highlights of the last year, the band's frontman, Dan Smith, told Billboard.com: "I really love Damon Albarn's debut solo record. I love the fluidity with which he changes between really varying projects - yet it's nice to see him take the weight of an album release solely upon himself."

Dan also admires Critics' Choice BRIT Award-winner Sam Smith's ability to write a killer tune and thinks 'Latch' was the catchiest song of the last 12 months.

He said: "Sam Smith has a knack for writing brilliant hooks and I heard a stripped-back version of this song that made me listen to songwriting itself a lot more closely. But I love the Disclosure version and it gets lodged in my head on loop for weeks."

Dan is proud a growing number of British artists are getting the recognition they deserve overseas and hopes it's a lasting trend.

He said: "It's nice to see British music having continued success all over the world. And it's great to see more and more people seeming to buy music on vinyl."

Bastille

Inoffensive sounds from this south London indie four-piece.

Colston Hall, Bristol

Fri 13 Apr

Times to be confirmed / 0117 922 3686

O2 Apollo Manchester

Tue 10 Apr

£40 / 0844 477 7677

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 16 Apr

Times to be confirmed / 020 7589 8212

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