Disclosure – 'Settle' album review

The Lawrence brothers' debut record justifies their ubiquity

Disclosure – 'Settle'

  • Rated as: 4/5

Disclosure are everywhere. Producer brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence loom from magazine covers, their songs echoing from radios and the depths of dingy clubs. Hell, they’re even smashing the oft-uncrackable egg that is the USA. It’s just as well then, that their debut justifies the ubiquity.

Wading in deep with the big beats of opener ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’, the album dips and peaks like a space-age rollercoaster. Samples from Kelis’ ‘Get Along With You’ on ‘Second Chance’ nod to the woozy indie-R&B of late, while ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ features the lonesome Lana Del Rey-alike vocals of hotly tipped band London Grammar. Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane plays the sassy house vocalist he was born to be on ‘Defeated No More’, while ever-present singles ‘White Noise’ and ‘Latch’ still sizzle with energy. Whether you classify ‘Settle’ as EDM, future garage or neo-pop, the sound of the ’90s, the noughties or the future, Disclosure have made an album that’s universally brilliant.


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Exclusive: Disclosure to DJ at Notting Hill Carnival

There are tons of reasons to go to Notting Hill Carnival this year, and this morning Time Out exclusively revealed one more good'un: Guy Lawrence of globe-conquering duo Disclosure (the chap on the left in the above picture) will be playing a DJ set on Sunday as part of Rinse FM’s birthday weekender. Rinse will be appearing at the Rough But Sweet soundsystem, Hazelwood Crescent, W10, over both days of Carnival (Sunday August 30 and Monday August 31) and have already announced a stellar DJ line-up for the occasion, including Oneman, Artwork, Josey Rebelle and Uncle Dugs spinning tunes alongside Rough But Sweet mainman Mykie Don. It should be a great example of likeminded selectors getting into the Carnival community spirit and airing some top tracks along the way. More Carnival party information in our warm-up and afterparty highlights, plus tons more useful stuff – including travel info, parade route and soundsystem list – in our full Notting Hill Carnival 2015 guide.

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See Disclosure live in London

Exclusive: Disclosure to DJ at Notting Hill Carnival

There are tons of reasons to go to Notting Hill Carnival this year, and this morning Time Out exclusively revealed one more good'un: Guy Lawrence of globe-conquering duo Disclosure (the chap on the left in the above picture) will be playing a DJ set on Sunday as part of Rinse FM’s birthday weekender. Rinse will be appearing at the Rough But Sweet soundsystem, Hazelwood Crescent, W10, over both days of Carnival (Sunday August 30 and Monday August 31) and have already announced

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