Alex Clare at The Ritz, Manchester
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Known for international smash ‘Too Close’, Alex Clare returns to Manchester to play The Ritz on 9th November. The London soul singer can be more thankful to the internet than most of his contemporaries – and not just for how easy it is to buy, share and promote music online. ‘Too Close’ was picked up to soundtrack flashy advertisements for Internet Explorer 9 that were screened around the world. Thanks to a customary software update, Clare’s heart-swelling single was beamed into thousands of living rooms. The 28-year-old continued to work on his second album ‘Three Hearts’. Out this summer, the album will add fresh meat to Clare’s setlist at The Ritz.
‘Three Hearts’ follows ‘The Lateness Of The Hour’, Clare’s 2011 Island Records debut. After emerging from north London, where he used to work in one of Amy Winehouse’s favourite pubs The Hawley Arms, he signed to Island on the strength of one demo. After growing up listening to jazz albums at home, Clare became a fan of blues and soul. This resulted in a growing taste for the rumbling bass and speedy kick drums of house and UK garage. With his own music, honed with his guitar on London’s open mic circuit, Clare focused on songwriting.
After signing to Island, producers Major Lazer and Mike Spencer harnessed Clare’s appreciation of the dance floor. His soulful voice blended with bass on ‘The Lateness Of The Hour’. The album yielded several singles, none more successful than ‘Too Close’, which peaked at number 7 in America’s Billboard Chart and number 4 in the UK, as well as topping the German chart. The song was subsequently nominated for a BRIT Award in the Best British Single category.
Alex Clare has already offered a taste of new album ‘Three Hearts’. Bombastic single War Rages On’ is an euphoric taste of his forthcoming work, which many are eagerly anticipating. His Manchester return comes after the next step in an intriguing career that has seen Clare progress from being a catering student in London to achieve international renown for his music. One constant has been the sweaty intimacy he draws from his rich singing voice mixed with a passion for club culture. Expect much perspiration at The Ritz.