British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence burst onto the UK dance scene in a way that few before them could imagine, a seemingly overnight success had come as a result of growing up with parents who were also professional musicians and encouraged the pair to learn different instruments from a very early age. Fast forward a decade or two, and Disclosure are a household name, with billions of plays on YouTube and Spotify and two Grammy-nominated No.1 records.
2013’s Settle is one of the most impressive debut albums ever, while the 2015 release of Caracal saw the brothers work alongside some of the biggest artists of a generation, including Nile Rodgers, Lorde, The Weeknd, Sam Smith and London Grammar. A third album is yet to follow, but the interim has seen several EPs in Moog For Love in 2016, which featured Eats Everything, and 2018’s Moonlight. Now returning once more, the five track Ecstasy EP finds it place in the world. Featuring contributions from both Eko Roosevelt and Etran Finatawa, the highly eclectic but equally familiar sound is a combination of the classic Disclosure form factor and an ethnic melting pot of tribal samples and rhythmic vocal chants. The closing ‘Get Close’ also features some cheeky Snoop Dogg snippets.
Where to start:
‘Ecstasy’ – Smooth synth work with catchy vocal hooks
‘Etran’ – Spiritual sampling and some very heavy basslines
‘Get Close’ – Classic Disclosure with a hint of dirt
Previous from Disclosure:
Settle LP (PMR / Island, 2013)
Caracal LP (PMR / Island, 2015)
If you like this then check out:
ZHU – RINGOS DESERT LP (2018, Mind Of A Genius)
Hayden James – Between Us LP (2019, Future Classic)
Disclosure – Ecstasy EP is out now on Island Records.