We had a blast at our Podgorica EB Festival, and we hope you did too! Of course, it’s always fun to relive good memories, and our memory cards are still jammed with Disclosure‘s killer live set. We posted some live video from that performance a while back, and now we’d like to share even more—after all, sharing is what life is for, right? Now you can stream the entire set from the brotherly duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence, a two-hour showcase of material old and new that at the time felt far too short. You be the judge.
British pop-house duo of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence
Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are a precocious British electronic duo whose pristine house productions and international success under the moniker Disclosure belie their age.
Since their debut EP The Face was released by Greco-Roman in 2012, when younger member Howard was only 18, Disclosure have experienced a meteoric rise without sacrificing their underground credentials. The Face’s appeal lay not only upon its sensitive meshing of tropes from deep house and UK garage, but in its feel for a deadly pop hook. Cuts like “What’s In Your Head” were crisp and club-ready, but armed with the kind of soaring melodic line that would propel Disclosure‘s assault on the mainstream. On “Boiling”, the Lawrence brothers’ atmospheric accompaniment of Sinead Barnett’s sensuous, reverb-drenched vocals provided them with a prototype for the numerous collaborative hits which would define their 2013 debut album Settle.
2013’s Settle saw Disclosure consolidate the promise of their earlier singles and EPs with a series of monster hits which would establish the duo as a household name, alongside many of their collaborators. “Latch”, which featured the dramatic falsetto of Sam Smith, wrenched crisp percussion and bouncing garage bass into a lurching, nagging anthem. It was the first of a slew of singles from Settle which refused to diminish in quality. “White Noise” and “You And Me”, a pair of 2-step bangers with nagging garage vocals from AlunaGeorge and Eliza Doolittle respectively, evidenced Settle’s quality in depth, and a 2013 Grammy nomination rendered the duo’s journey to pop credibility complete.
As much as Disclosure’s success depends upon their recorded output, it is equally a reflection of their physical, and persuasive live presence. On stage, the Lawrence brothers realise their house and garage hits with a variety of electronic instruments which allow them to physically engage with their music as much as their audience. It is perhaps this bodily connection which allows to duo to maintain a vital link with the underground club music they hold dear, even as their music spreads to a pop audience.