I heard Disclosure for the first time in my little student hall apartment in Surrey 3 years ago. The sound of Aluna Francis’ voice in ‘White Noise’ ricocheted through my tiny dancing space while in another apartment in Surrey, Guy and Howard were gearing up to welcome the monolithic fame that Settle would bring in tow. Needless to say, that album changed the way many view dance music.
Everyone’s always trying to label pieces of music with genres; the amount of genre tags that exist within dance music today, can get pretty overwhelming. Guy and Howard, however, have always been very honest about the kind of music that has influenced them into making house; their music has always given this magnificent vibe of deep house and UK garage.
So, when I heard Settle for the first time, my body wanted to dance and it wanted to dance because of the emotion I felt. That’s a beautiful combination; music that possesses your body while triggering every sensor of emotion you possess. Help Me Lose My Mind still remains to be one of my favorite tracks by Disclosure and it seemed to be made for London bus rides. Pardon the clichéd picture I’m about to paint, but listening to Settle everyday on my bus ride back home, staring at the beautiful chaos at rush hour in London; with tiny meandering streams stained against the glass window, softly protesting about the unpredictable rain made me feel nothing short of content. Even though I was seated, in my head I was somewhere else. A parallel universe where anxiety was sedated, bad vibes didn’t exist and you could feel what you wanted to feel, you could be who you wanted to be. You could lose your mind.
At that moment, everything in my life, somehow just made…sense and not all kind of music can evoke that feeling. Howard and Guy are all about the details and you can feel it in every production they’re a part of.
Following the success of their debut album Settle, the anticipation for Caracal soared. They stuck with the practice of having different vocalists feature in each track on the album and it really seems to be working for them. The tremendously talented Sam Smith features on the album again (no surprise there), in addition to collaborations with Lorde, The Weeknd and Miguel.
The past year has been extremely satisfying for a dance music fan. Great artists have been touring India and this seems like it’s only the beginning. Two years ago, I never would have expected to see Disclosure live but they tour India in December and I still feel like I need to pinch myself to believe it’s real.
With a Grammy nomination for best dance music album before the age of 25, they are nothing short of impressive. We are very lucky to witness Disclosure this December at Vh1 Supersonic! If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, I’d suggest you don’t waste any more time. This one will be worth it.