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Review: Disclosure – Settle
Published on June 17th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
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So taken were we with Disclosure’s “When a Fire Starts to Burn” that we awarded it four quails in a recent singles round-up, and at that stage we hadn’t even realised just how gosh darn ubiquitous the thing had become. Settle, the Surrey duo’s debut album, justifies all the hype of which we were singularly unaware.
The track’s clubby shuffle and gloopy, glacial synth bass whipped the gathered throngs into a frenzy when we caught Disclosure at last weekend’s Parklife Weekender in Manchester, on the same stage and day as established electronic gurus Four Tet and Daphni (aka Caribou). They didn’t feel out of place – far from it – so it’s pretty amazing to consider that constituent brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence are only 22 and 19 respectively.
It comes as further testament to their prodigious talents that they were able to assemble such a stellar cast of guest vocalists: Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle, Jamie Woon and Jessie Ware are amongst those who appear, while there are samples of Lianne La Havas and Kelis on “Stimulation” and “Second Chance” respectively.
The Smith-featuring “Latch” plays an important role in keeping up the slack following “When a Fire Starts to Burn”, itself bursting into flames of enraptured strings, and there’s little if any let-up in quality and intensity from thereon in. If wobbly, funky house grooves with clacking, clapping beats and pupil-dilatingly lush synthery sounds like your kind of thing, then we congratulate you on the exactitude of your musical taste. Oh, and you must check out Settle by Disclosure.
Settle is out now on Universal Island Records.
Rocksucker says: Four Quails out of Five!