Disclosure – 'Settle' album review

The Lawrence brothers' debut record justifies their ubiquity

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Disclosure – 'Settle'

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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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Disclosure fans, listen up! The Lawrence brothers are back next month with a new album. ‘Caracal’ features big guest spots from Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Lorde, and it’s out in the week of our upcoming reader takeover issue, so we’re looking for a Time Out-reading, Disclosure-loving writer to interview the band. Does that sound like you? Fill in the form below and you could find yourself chatting to Guy and Howard for us.   Fill out my Wufoo form!

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See Disclosure live in London

Your chance to interview Disclosure for Time Out

Disclosure fans, listen up! The Lawrence brothers are back next month with a new album. ‘Caracal’ features big guest spots from Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Lorde, and it’s out in the week of our upcoming reader takeover issue, so we’re looking for a Time Out-reading, Disclosure-loving writer to interview the band. Does that sound like you? Fill in the form below and you could find yourself chatting to Guy and Howard for us.   Fill out my Wufoo form!

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