Album Review: Disclosure – Settle down Featured

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Settle was released today by an band that has caused quite a stir in the industry since its first appearance in 2011. Regardless of what your personal views are on Disclosure there is no disputing that the two fresh-faced brothers from Reigate have come pretty far, as they are currently the most popular dance music producers in the UK.

Disclosure as Breakthrough Artists

 

This year Disclosure have enjoyed chart success with singles off their highly anticipated début album making them one of few previously underground dance music artists to make the cross-over into the chart in current times.These tracks haven't been received so well with more conventional house fans who protest that Disclosure along with Hot Natured and Americans are killing the recent revival of dance music.

The brothers are often having to defend their music with Guy Lawrence (the youngest of the two) stating earlier this month, “I don't think we are at all too commercial”. It seems they have unwittingly become part of a debate which is related to underground culture. However the release of this album and some accompanying interviews suggest that Disclosure are embracing the mainstream popularity of their music and were never concerned with the underground aspects of dance music.

The Album

 

Settle is an assortment of joyous pop-dance tracks which combines early-house basslines, blurred synth chords and two-step garage beats with catchy hooks from some of the UK's most talented young vocalists. Highlights from the album are; Help Me Lose My Mind and When A Fire Starts To Burn. The first of these aforementioned tracks is a moody and more mellow number with haunting vocals sung by the distinguished voice of Hannah Reid from London GrammarWhen A Fire Starts To Burn is the track everyone's talking about; a collaboration with Nile Rodgers which features an infectious synth-heavy rhythm that is reminiscent of their earliest releases.

Message for the haters

Guy Lawrence asked the haters to compare Disclosure's popular releases with the chart-toppers David Guetta churns out and he made a point by doing so. Surely you would rather hear the music of two regular guys who write their own tracks coming out of radios than endlessly processed EDM featuring Pitbull and Akon?

Haters are quick to dismiss Disclosure as producers of watered down garage/house that’s been cleaned up with the sole purpose of catering to a larger audience. Their music should not be interpreted as a watered down version of something but instead it should be appreciated for what it is. Disclosure provide a refreshing blend of upbeat pop music and offer a modern sound that draws inspiration from many styles but is created to be accessible to a new audience. It's almost become a part of our decade to go back and be inspired by styles from bygone eras and so this retro fetishism is going to be evident in current music. 

Chris Schwartz

21-year-old student/soon to be graduate from Manchester. Expect the unexpected and the odd pearl of wisdom...but mainly some friendly music reviews and casual observations

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