As London warms up for a memorable 2012, homegrown production duo Disclosure look set to drop the soundtrack of the summer. ‘The Face EP’ is the latest offering from brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence (aged just 20 and 17 respectively) who have already been playlisted by Radio 1, received enthusiastic co-signs from Pitchfork, FACT, Fader and The Guardian, toured the UK and Europe and supported SBTRKT on his UK tour. With its addictive sunshine sound, their latest EP looks set to compound Disclosure’s growing reputation as the UK’s most exciting – and uplifting – new producers.
Blending deep house bass lines, Dilla-esque snares and melodic two-step top lines, ‘The Face’ showcases Disclosure as producers with a sonic maturity beyond their years. And despite its uptempo BPM, it’s a sound that Disclosure insist owes as much to ‘90s Hip Hop as it does to Detroit House and UK Garage. ‘We’re working around house tempos’, Guy explains, ‘but we’re not setting out to make house music just for the club. It’s more about the chords, melodies and vocals. We want a warm sound; a jazzy sound.’
Opening track ‘Boiling’ perfectly embodies that aspiration, with fellow British wunderkind Sinead Harnett’s soulful vocal searing through the track’s buttery bassline. Musical inspirations ranging from Moodymann and Kerri Chandler to MJ Cole and Artful Dodger, emerge in the UKG-influenced ‘Control‘, which showcases the talents of rising British singer Ria Ritchie.Meanwhile the sunny synths on ‘Lividup’ and gasping lyrics of ‘What’s In Your Head’ will be heard blasting from club speakers and car stereos all summer long..
And ‘The Face’ is only the beginning of Disclosure’s journey. Having racked up hundreds of thousands of Soundcloud plays with their remixes for Jessie Ware and Emeli Sande, the boys are currently working towards a much-anticipated debut album. And with their debut EP ‘Carnival / I Love That…You Know’ clocking up over 50,000 downloads in over 150 countries to date, Disclosure have proved that their distinctively British style of music has true global appeal. Forget age limitations and lazy categorisations, Disclosure are simply the sound of electronic music – past, present, and future.