Chic guitarist hails the Mercury Prize-nominated duo as "the real f-ing deal"

Disclosure are “dribbling with happiness” while working on new songs with Nile Rodgers, vocalist Sam Smith has revealed.

Rodgers announced the collaboration on Twitter, earlier this week, saying: “Gonna sleep from 7 to 9 then another KICK A$$ session with @Disclosure. They are the REAL F-ing DEAL.”

Sam Smith, who sang on Disclosure’s single Latch, is also involved in the sessions. Smith told Clash that Rodgers: “Just played his guitar while we sat there dribbling with happiness.” According to Smith, Rodgers advised Disclosure’s brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence to stick to their guns.

Smith said: “Nile was explaining how Chic was seen as underground music and how some people just didn’t get it. So I guess that was a lesson on sticking to your guns, and I suppose overall he was telling me and the Disclosure boys to base our music on the reaction of the fans, instead of commercially orientating our music.”

Hailing Rodgers as “a true legend”, Smith enthused: “For me, it was just crazy to be in the company of people that I have looked up to my whole life. It’s been very, very surreal.”

Rodgers has been involved in a series of successful collaborations this year, including playing on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and co-writing two songs on Avicii’s new album ‘True’, which is set to chart at Number Two this weekend.

Disclosure are one of the 12 nominees for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize alongside the likes of Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Jake Bugg. The ceremony is in central London on October 30.

The duo recently announced their biggest headline tour, which ends with a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on March 8.