Meet your new electronic dance obsession: Disclosure.
While we can get lost in a club banger every now and again, is it too much to ask for a little emotion in our dance music? Fortunately, Disclosure, the duo composed of Guy and Howard Lawrence, two brothers from Surrey, England, have been delivering a mix of both for the past couple of years.
Their debut album, Settle, which came out earlier this summer, went to No. 1 on the U.K. Albums chart, and was preceded by a string of singles — “Latch,” “White Noise,” and “You & Me,” all of which charted high and renewed our faith in the potential of crossover electronic to make us want to move and feel at the same time.
As we’ve mentioned before, it seems virtually impossible for Disclosure to put out a bad track.
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That feeling part shouldn’t be understated. The duo’s allegiance to the U.K. garage and deep house of a previous generation also happened to coincide with a resurgence in sultry R&B going on at the same time around the world and in the U.K. in particular. Disclosure’s first success, in fact, came with a remix of just such a crooner: Jessie Ware’s “Running.”
Disclosure’s first breakthrough original track, however, took the emotional component to an almost unfair level on “Latch.” Featuring vocals from Sam Smith, “Latch” was one of the most romantically evocative songs of the year in any genre, never mind just electronic. “Now I’ve got you in my space, I won’t let go of you/ Got you shackled in my embrace, I’m latching onto you,” Smith sang over a beat that toggled between minimal garage and house pulsing.
“White Noise,” a collaboration with AlunaGeorge, similarly matched an indelible sense of movement with the more insular movement of the heart.
That approach to songs first wasn’t a coincidence. “The vocal[s are] influenced by classic songwriting,” Guy told MTV Hive around the album’s release. “I used to listen to loads of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. If you listen to ’White Noise,’ it’s not actually a house song, it’s a pop song. It has verse-chorus. It’s got meaning behind it and some structure. The idea of that runs throughout the album.”
On top of the music, Disclosure has put out a string of videos that show a sense of imagination, even when it’s mostly the two performing behind their rigs, as on “F For You.” “When A Fire Starts to Burn” transplanted the raving vocal sample into an intense religious sermon setting.
Sometimes, however, the videos are a little too evocative, like the recent “Help Me Lose My Mind,” which the band’s label decided to pull after allegations that it promoted drug use. That’s not their first brush with controversy, of course. A recent spat with Azealia Banks over a track they were working on caused a bit of a row as well. Um, but who hasn’t had beef with Banks? And the way the brothers handled that incident was demonstrative of their calm, measured approach to just about everything.
Next up for MTV’s latest Artist To Watch are two exciting moments in their young career, including collaborating with Nile Rodgers, the guitar legend who gave Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” its funk this year, and a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize, for the U.K.’s best album. The competition is pretty stiff, but if we were voting, it wouldn’t be much of a contest.
+ Download Disclosure’s “Latch (T. Williams Remix).”
+ Watch Disclosure perform “Latch.”
+ Watch Disclosure perform “F For You.”
Photo credit: Island Records