Disclosure have adapted the use of unheard vocal samples to a mainstream environment without letting go the musical credentials that got them there.
Since becoming the blogosphere’s worst kept secret Disclosure have gathered serious hype. The South London duo’s debut EP The Face effortlessly negotiated it’s way into the mainstream, they’ve just announced a UK headline tour having out grown the role as SBTRK’s first choice opener and everyone’s still getting over how young they are – they’re 20 and 17 incase you hadn’t heard.
From the first bar of latest single Latch however, it feels as though Guy and Howard Lawrence got over puberty before they even got hold of a Casio keyboard. Impeccable glitches, delicately layered textures and subtle percussive fills announce a duo performing well beyond their years while displaying the return of Disclosure’s wide-eyed freshness. However, while their peers employ built up silence to hold attention of the mainstream, TEED’s latest release Your Love being an example, the Lawrence brothers utilize vocal hooks to keep the attention of a newfound fan-base, and no, they haven’t called Rihanna…yet.
Instead, the soulful wisp of relative newbie Sam Smith twists around the duo’s often overlooked craftsmanship to depict an unconventional take on the heartfelt ballad. Rather than divulge in blatant teenage angst, the phrase “Now I’ve got you in my space, I wont let go of you” is a more tasteful spin on a night out on the pull and working as the only true representation on the boys’ age. That said, with this being Disclosure’s fist release on PMR, the same label that released Jessie Ware’s Devotion, they’re clearly in safe hands if the debut album, due for release early 2013, takes a more emotional turn.
Latch shows impressive growth since the release of The Face. Disclosure have adapted their habit of using unheard of vocal samples to a mainstream environment without letting go the musical credentials that got them there. Someone should probably tell them about all the fuss.
Written for This is fake DIY
- Video: Disclosure, “Latch” (thefader.com)