“Our taxi driver just got cut up by someone BLASTING white noise out the window haha [sic],” tweeted UK electronic duo Disclosure last week. “White Noise,” is a single from their upcoming album that features vocals by AlunaGeorge. It was released in February of this year.
The stage in an artist’s career when he is still excited each time he reaches new levels of exposure is arguably the most endearing state to admire them in. Guy and Howard Lawrence, both under 23 years of age, are the British brothers who have made a name for themselves as Disclosure. Growing up in a musical family, both boys played instruments from a very young age. It wasn’t until they entered their teenage years that they began to experiment with electronic music and collaborate as a pair.
As a result, their uptempo brand of UK garage house music incorporates samples of live instruments, original vocal recordings from friends and the brothers themselves, as well as production influences from the hip-hop they love. Artists like J Dilla, D’Angelo and Kendrick Lamar serve as notable influences who have helped shape what Disclosure’s music sounds like.
Culling through the pages and pages of reviews of the duo online will leave you slightly confused about how to categorize them—bass music, UK grime, and pop are all descriptors that have been used to frame their sound. Once you listen to their music it becomes clear why the classifications are so widespread—their attraction to clean, yet nuanced production, split synth lines, and ambient noise and reverb all rove around an omnipresent four to the floor drum pattern. Growing up in Surrey, just South of London, it’s likely they inherited that foundation from house music artists like Burial and Joy Orbison.
To date, Disclosure has gained notoriety for their debut EP The Face that featured a remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running.” In 2012 they supported both SBTRKT and Hot Chip on tour and performed their own sets at SXSW and Coachella. In the coming months they’ll appear at Sasquatch, Field Day and Park Life festivals. Disclosure’s debut album Settle will be released on June 3 via PMR. Collaborators include Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, Eliza Doolittle and Sam Smith. Pre-ordering a copy through their website will ensure the opportunity to purchase tickets to their upcoming UK tour in November before anyone else.