Duo also discuss working with The Weeknd, Sam Smith and Miguel
The pair’s second record ‘Caracal’ is scheduled to be released on September 25, following on from 2013 debut ‘Settle’, which reached Number One in the UK upon release and was later nominated for that year’s Mercury Prize.
Talking to Spin about the big names on the new LP, Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence said: “We’re very picky with who we work in the first place, so we only choose people we know have written their own songs and are good at writing”.
Howard revealed that their connection with The Weeknd dates back to a show they played supporting him in London “about three years ago”. “He was playing his first-ever London show and his support act dropped out,” he said. “He was like, “Who can just come and DJ before our set?” We went and did it.”
Howard’s sibling Guy continued to describe the recording process with the R&B singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – as “very chill,” adding: “I thought he was really relaxed, but I didn’t feel like he was reserved at all, which is what I was expecting. He was a really good writer. He made a lot of input into the song.”
Describing their team-up with New Zealand pop sensation Lorde, Guy said of new track ‘Magnets’: “I didn’t realise how many fans we share. I’m really excited for her fan base to hear it as well as ours because it’s a really big collab, not just like in terms of her singing on a Disclosure tune but the whole thing is a collab, from the drum sounds to the chords.”
He added: “She was involved with every aspect of the song as opposed to just doing the lyrics and melodies and then leaving the rest to us… It was like someone challenging us, someone saying, ‘We can get that extra ten percent.’ We totally did. ‘Magnets’ was a really nicely written song. The best thing about it is its simplicity. It’s just a load of tribal drums. It’s the shortest song we’ve ever made as Disclosure as well.”
The pair also described working with Sam Smith as “always great” and said that their collaboration with Miguel, titled ‘Good Intentions’, was “written in a day, recorded the next day, did a few adlibs, then we went to the pub. It was fun.”
Disclosure recently unveiled new track ‘Willing & Able’, which followed the previously revealed tracks ‘Omen’ featuring Sam Smith, ‘Holding On’ featuring Gregory Porter and ‘Moving Mountains’ featuring Brendan Reilly.
See the album’s deluxe edition tracklist below:
‘Nocturnal’ feat. The Weeknd
‘Omen’ feat. Sam Smith
‘Holding On’ feat. Gregory Porter
‘Hourglass’ feat. Lion Babe
‘Willing & Able’ feat. Kwabs
‘Magnets’ feat. Lorde
‘Good Intentions’ feat. Miguel
‘Superego’ feat. Nao
‘Masterpiece’ feat. Jordan Rakei
‘Moving Mountains’ feat. Brendan Riley