DISCLOSURE‘s Guy and Howard Lawrence lay down a firm foundation of club worthy tracks with their debut album. Settle features the British studded cast of SAM SMITH, ELIZA DOOLITTLE, LONDON GRAMMAR, ALUNA GEORGE, SINEAD ARNETT and FRIENDLY FIRE‘s Ed MacFarlane all of whom collaborate beautifully with the brothers’ minimal garage/dubstep sound.
The duo first arrived on the scene with their single, Offline Dexterity in August of 2010. Featuring a minimal drone buzz looped with various drum kits, this five minute track paved the way for their success in the British electronic arena. DISCLOSURE soon became a radio regular with their release of Tenderly and Flow, lounge grooved singles that set the foundation for their signature sound.
DISCLOSURE is able to maintain this sound even while remixing artists such as Janet Jackson, Emeli Sande and Jessie Ware. The treatment of JESSIE WARE‘s Running was so popular that Annie Mac included it in her compilation album of 2012.
Settle‘s track list offers heady tones mixed with dark bass and airy vocals while keeping a constant dance vibe present in their songs. Fans will recognize Latch and Boiling, two singles that have been bouncing around since early 2012. Confess to Me and Voices provide a similar feel with their dance floor bump and female lyricists. While all of the tracks are catchy, they can seem a bit recycled instrumentally. A five beat korg-esque loop can be heard throughout the album, proving to be a standard albeit addicting ingredient in DISCLOSURE‘s pantry.
What sets this album apart from any current electronic album is the prevalence of lyrics in their tracks. Twisting their firm grasp of stacking sound bites with instruments and their featured artists’ vocals creates a unique album which plays like a DJ set. Settle is a frission inducing, head bobbing debut album that will settle itself nicely between DISCLOSURE‘s previous tracks and their future endeavors.