HOT PRESS ALBUM REVIEW: DISCLOSURE ‘SETTLE’

23 09 2013

Here a review of the recently Mercury Music Prize-nominated ‘Settle’ by Disclosure that ran a few month’s ago in Hot Press.

DISCLOSURE

Settle (PMR Records)

7/10

Key Track: ‘Confess To Me’

DANCE DUO’S DEBUT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT

Hailed as the great white hope of European dance music and a much more cerebral, measured alternative to the current crop of “superstar DJs,” Surrey siblings Disclosure have been making all the right noises since they first debuted a little under three years ago. After releasing a clutch of well-received singles which marked them out as potential saviours of electro, the Lawrence brothers now aim to take things to the next level with their long awaited record Settle.

Featuring a wealth of guest vocal talent in the form of Jessie Ware (‘Confess To Me’), AlunaGeorge (‘White Noise’), Eliza Doolittle (‘You & Me’) Friendly Fires’ singer Edward Macfarlene (‘Defeated No More’) and more, the duo’s 14 track album is an offering that more than lives up to the hype. Heavy with UK garage influences and imbued with a welcome dose of soul, there are plenty of pop hooks and pulsing rhythms to keep the faithful happy and the likes of ‘January’ (which has a great falsetto vocal from Jamie Woon which sounds like melted chocolate) has future club anthem stamped all over it.

Star of the show though is the Jessie Ware-led ‘Confess To Me.’ A salacious number that features a super sexy, baby-making chorus that sees the singer duet with Howard Lawrence, the track features an infectious beat and ace 80s synths. If we’ve any criticisms of the record it’s that if you’re already familiar with Disclosure then there are no real surprises on offer, but Settle is still a solid record and should see them dominate the dance scene over the months to come.

EDWIN McFEE

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