The Lawrence brothers were still teenagers in the London suburb of Surrey when they released their first single "Offline Dexterity" in 2010. A string of remixes and the four song Face EP followed, with each successive release showcasing the brother's uncanny ability to tap into the mainstream currents of modern electronic dance music. The first single from Disclosure's debut record, "Latch", had already reached top 20 status in the UK months before the June stateside release of Settle. Hype was beginning to turn into mania in the EDM world. While the coincidental release of Daft Punk's new opus Random Access Memories blunted some buzz here in the U.S., Settle has (ahem) settled in nicely as the current number one download on itunes.
The first U.S. single "When A Fire Starts To Burn" revolves, weaves, and flutters around a motivational speaker's plea "When a fire starts to burn, and it starts to spread, she gonna bring that attitude home". It's very reminiscent of the work on Dan Snaith's Jialong project Daphni, where he sampled heavily from 70's West African rock songs. The song is fairly monotonous, but signifies a progression from the comfort zone of Disclosure's earlier candy-coated club songs. The Lawrence brothers are keenly aware that the proliferation of EDM into the mainstream is dependent on tracks with professional singers and a good deal of the record features vocals from the likes of Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, James Woon, and Jessie Ware.
Settle finds Disclosure falling back on some generic beats and samples but the innate talent here is undeniable. In a recent interview, after their 2nd U.S. show, the brothers said that the only time they fight it's usually about food. Let's hope that there's plenty of steak and lobster waiting for them in future backstage dressing rooms, because they're bound for A-list treatment.
Buy this record if you need to find faith in a future generation.