Disclosure – 'Settle' album review

The Lawrence brothers' debut record justifies their ubiquity

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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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Chic with Nile Rodgers, Outkast, Foals, Beck, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Skream, Busta Rhymes, London Grammar, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Candi Staton, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Clean Bandit, Caribou, Sven Väth, Eats Everything, Boys Noize, 1-800 Dinosaur, Chvrches, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Route 94, Bicep, Chase & Status, Krystal Klear, Dusky + more. The festival with the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury returns for four glorious days of live music and premier-league DJs. Making the most of Bestival's location on the Isle of Wight, this year's theme is 'Desert Island Disco' – which, from what we can tell, means Club Tropicana all weekend long (but without the free drinks). We're hoping for some tiki-style fancy dress from headliners Beck (Thursday), Outkast (Friday) and Foals (Saturday), but most of all from disco don himself Nile Rodgers, performing with the ever-funky Chic to finish the festival with a glittery bang on the Sunday night.

  1. Robin Hill Country Park
  2. Thu Sep 4 - Sun Sep 7
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See Disclosure live in London

Bestival

  • Critics choice

Chic with Nile Rodgers, Outkast, Foals, Beck, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Skream, Busta Rhymes, London Grammar, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Candi Staton, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Clean Bandit, Caribou, Sven Väth, Eats Everything, Boys Noize, 1-800 Dinosaur, Chvrches, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Route 94, Bicep, Chase & Status, Krystal Klear, Dusky + more. The festival with the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury returns for four glorious days of live music and

  1. Robin Hill Country Park
  2. Thu Sep 4 - Sun Sep 7
Buy tickets

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