This unruly second album delivers a sucker punch to anyone who had the Kent duo down as a novelty act
Disclosure – 'Moog For Love' EP
The Lawrence brothers make a return to the club on this infectious surprise release
That last album, ‘Caracal’, was a sea change from their 2013 debut ‘Settle’, swapping its ‘90s-influenced, chart-friendly, two-step bangers for measured, mature production and a starry guest line-up including Lorde, The Weeknd and Miguel.
‘Moog For Love’ finds a happy medium between them both, combining the lush production and smooth sound of ‘Caracal’ with the high BPM rate of ‘Settle’, placing it somewhere in the middle of the two. But that’s not to say it’s a step backwards. In just three songs – 13 minutes total – the Lawrence brothers give a lean showcase of the skills that have pushed both of their albums to the UK Number One spot.
Over the weekend (June 11) the Surrey duo debuted EP-opener ‘BOSS’ at their own festival, Wild Life, to a rapturous reception. Drawing on the same UK garage and house influences as much of ‘Settle’, and using a pitched-down vocal from Howard Lawrence, it’s a return to the underground murk of infectious early tracks like ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’. And they’re already aware it’ll satisfy fans of their earlier stuff: “This is a clubby EP,” they recently told the BBC. “It’s back to the start.”
That’s definitely true of the up-tempo title track, which ropes in Bristol DJ Eats Everything for his house talents and rounds off the EP with a hypnotising sample – but is less apt for ‘Feel Like I Do’. This middle track, which features a repeated nine-second sample from Al Green’s ‘I’m Still In Love With You’, remains in hi-hat territory but takes things down a notch: you can’t imagine them including it on their debut.
Green, 70, was apparently so impressed by the brothers’ production on a sample rework they showed him that he gave them his original recording stems to work with – not something that happens often. The resulting track is a bravely indulgent mid-tempo jam that proves smoother album ‘Caracal’ really was worth their time: Disclosure are back in the club, where they belong, but… better.
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