Howard and Guy Lawrence are a pair of Surrey born brothers with a keen ear for the funk in music. They formed Disclosure in 2010 and gained widespread acclaim in the summer of 2013 with their stunning, refreshing debut album Settle. Since then they have worked with names such as Lorde, The Weeknd and most recently Khalid to build their stock; and are expected to release their third album this summer. These are the ten best Disclosure songs to date, according to us at Viberant:
10. Stimulation – Settle (2013)
Using vocal sample from Lianne La Havas to piece together this funk vibe, Howard and Guy Lawrence proved their eager ear for a catchy tone was no myth on Stimulation as they chopped up an absolute toe tapper. The drum loops are some of the most poignant of the duo’s career and have the infamous throwback garage sound we have come accustomed to Disclosure using, while the snares and bass lines are the cherry on top of this scrumptious cake.
9. Funky Sensation feat. Gwen McCrae – Single (2018)
Creating a revised model of the 1981 Gwen McCrae hit of the same title, Disclosure brought their listeners into a time machine and straight onto a roller disco with Funky Sensation. This song is a toe-tapper in every sense of the term, fusing 80s funkadelic with a modern flavour of dance music to make a floor filler sure to dominate every cool party this side of the Atlantic. If this is a sign of things to come, we should be very excited for Disclosure’s next venture.
8. Moonlight – Single (2018)
This song was built around a sample of When I Fall In Love by the Real Group, a Swedish acapella outfit whose influence fills this track with life. Moonlight was the first release on a week long run from Disclosure as they released a new song each day in dedication to inspirational musical eras; and it’s the best of the bunch for me. It embraces that welcoming drop that we know Disclosure for, the typically stuttered approach before filling the floor rather than blasting your ears with noise. It was a welcomed return that proved the duo haven’t missed a step.
7. You & Me feat. Eliza Doolitle – Settle (2013)
I feel bad for this song. It is a truly brilliant garage inspired British dance track in it’s own right, but has been completely overshadowed by THAT Flume remix (you know the one I’m talking about) and I am here to tell you to put some respect on the original’s name. Eliza Doolittle does a stellar job riding the wave of production here and singing a very catchy chorus with different cadences; but the star of the show is that faced paced, snap snare beat with some of the best synthesised work of the group’s career. The initial drop into the chorus is a thing of beauty.
6. Magnets feat. Lorde – Caracal (2015)
A huge hit from the group’s sophomore album Caracal, you don’t win any prizes for answering why this song is so well-received. When you combine a cow-bell boom clap instrumental with the vocal powers of someone like Lorde, you’re on the right path towards creating a big hit. Disclosure demonstrated their abilities as world class producers on here and were helped along the way by Lorde’s aurora on the beat; making it sound effortless and somewhat of a match made in heaven.
5. Control – Single (2013)
Released as a stand-alone single in anticipation for their long-awaited debut album, Control is perhaps one of the most obviously deep house flavoured hits of the Disclosure catalogue. While it may not have the over-exaggerated builds and blasts of an EDM hit, it has some quirky and anthemic pedals within the beat and has to go down as one of the best musical breakdowns of their career. The vocal mixing is a thing of beauty and seamlessly flows in and out of the instrumental, something the group have mastered over the years.
4. Help Me Lose My Mind feat. London Grammar – Settle (2013)
Joining forces with ambient British group London Grammar to close out their album, Disclosure opt for a more subtle approach on Help Me Lose My Mind, still displaying dance production but using shimmering background synths to make the atmosphere feel a bit softer. This tactic works wonders with the sound associated with London Grammar, particularly with the vocals of Hannah Reid which utterly dominate this beauty of a hit. It was never officially released as a single but has since gone on to be one of Disclosure’s most popular songs.
3. Nocturnal feat. The Weeknd – Caracal (2015)
Opening the difficult second album was always going to be a tall order for Disclosure given the huge success of Settle, but they stepped up to the plate in remarkable fashion here. The duo called upon their new found stardom to work alongside The Weeknd, a global megastar in his own right, and the result was Nocturnal; a near seven minute jam with poignant pulses of electronic production and an impossibly catchy performance from Abel on the vocals. While it may be far from the group’s most complex composition, Nocturnal hits the spot and proved they were no one trick ponies.
2. Tenderly – Settle (Deluxe) (2013)
A banger that was scandalously left off the original version of the debut album and instead had to Settle (pardon the pun) for a place on the Deluxe edition; Tenderly is a throwback dance garage hit laced in character and energy. The enhanced drums serve as the song’s lasting factor as they stay consistent and allow for groovy synthetic chimes in the drop, reminiscent of early 00s deep house music. I still to this day ponder the group’s decision not to include this track on the album but at least we got to hear it eventually; what an anthem.
1. White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge – Settle (2013)
The word that comes to mind when thinking about this song is “absurd”. The production is hilariously good, from the club style beats and claps to the whirring synths that dominate the track; it is truly one of the most quintessential dance tracks of the decade. Add the vocals of AlunaGeorge to the infectious instrumental and you have yourself a bonafide hit, one which missed out only to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop for a UK number one single spot. Fear not though, White Noise can now have it’s moment at the top of the pile; a spot where it truly belongs.