London, England musician Alex Clare grew up listening to his fatherâ€™s jazz records, was drawn to blues and soul (Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder), and eventually drumâ€˜nâ€™bass and U.K. garage. Though Clare took up the trumpet and drums as a youngster, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open-mike nights with original material. A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the U.K., and he was set up with producers Diplo and Switch, who contributed to the making of Clareâ€™s first album, The Lateness of the Hour, released in July 2011. Despite the producersâ€™ reputations for creating busy, bass-heavy club music, the album did place something of a spotlight on Clareâ€™s soul-searching songwriting and deep, rich voice. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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