Disclosure – The Face
Don’t you just hate young achievers? How is it that they can do so much, reach the dizzying heights of success, and still be so young? In the case of young achieving brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence, it’s kinda hard to hate them. 17 and 20-years-old respectively, they’ve been taking the new dance world by storm with their latest EP release, The Face.
Known to audiences as Disclosure, the brothers have been working hard producing their distinct breed of dance music, receiving considerable acclaim for their remix of Jessie Ware’s single, Running. Working their way up from the underground, the boys have steadily been spreading their 2-step beats around the circuit with the help of a supporting slot with SBTRKT at the beginning of 2012. And now, with their exceptional EP gaining momentum, it’s clear that these young’uns aren’t resting on their laurels.
Beginning the EP in spectacular summer dance track fashion, Disclosure unleash the opening track, Boiling, the standout for the release. Melding a fabulous guest vocal from Sinead Harnett with a strong house bassline, the song easily lives up to its title, steadily bubbling and rising to produce an infectious concoction of beats. Harnett’s soulful vocals are the highlight of the song, creating a fluidity that ebbs and flows in perfect harmony with the layered synths. There’s something that’s just so effortless, perhaps even unpretentious, about this track, making it a perfect soundtrack for the warmer months.
Continuing on in fine form, the boys offer up What’s in Your Head as the next, and equally addictive track. A bit more dance floor friendly then its predecessor, the song crescendos with the aid of some orgasmic like groans. The intentional synth glitches and choppy melodies may unintentionally work to alienate mainstream listeners, but for the most part, the growing collection of new dance lovers will lap this one up.
The final two tracks on the release similarly contain the scent of summer, but somehow lack the accessibility and ‘danceability’ that Boiling and What’s in your Head have.
Lividup, with its handclap-bass line and mixed up vocals, brings a contemporary spin on the new dance genre, but fails to ‘lividup’ to the hit tainted beginning track. Last song Control has another well-picked guest vocal from Ria Richie, which makes an rounded, if not foreshadowed, bookend to the EP.
Standout tracks: Boiling and What’s in your Head.
Summary: The Lawrence brothers bring a youth and freshness to their EP that indeed gives a new ‘face’ to the genre. A perfect pick of female vocals coupled with choppy 2-step beats, Disclosure have manufactured an instant atmosphere of summer. It’s truly like the boys were born to make this music, an effortless extension of their rhythmical, young achieving, selves.