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Introducing: Disclosure

Possibly the most boring inspiration for a band name ever, South London siblings Disclosure chose their moniker, not because of a fondness for the Michael Douglas film, but because they spotted the term whilst filling in a car insurance form.

Luckily, their music is rather more imaginative. At the forefront of the sound which has been coined ‘post-garage,’ 20-year-old Guy Lawrence and younger brother, Howard, 17, may have been far too young to experience the two-step scene’s heyday in the late 90s/early 00s, but judging by the buzz surrounding them since their live debut in 2011, they are the act most likely to now revive it.

Influenced by the hip-hop of Gang Starr and J Dilla and the haunting dubstep of Burial, Disclosure’s effortlessly sleek and soulful take on the genre is a far cry from the novelty chart-toppers of DJ Pied Piper and Oxide & Neutrino. But as any of the thousands of people who downloaded their debut E.P. (given away free on Facebook last year) will know, they certainly aren’t averse to the odd massive pop hook.

“Tenderly” has echoes of Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson’s joyous 90s collaboration as remixed by Todd Terry, their reworking of Jessie Ware’s “Running” turns the Quiet Storm pastiche into a hypnotic retro floorfiller, while “Control” is the kind of brilliantly bouncy two-step that would have been an Ayia Napa favourite back in the day.

But there’s a class and sophistication to Disclosure’s records which suggests they won’t fall into the trap of becoming just another faceless club-friendly duo. Witness the flashes of electro-jazz on the James Blakes-esque minimalism of “I Love…That You Know,” the atmospheric dub-pop of “Offline Dexterity” and arguably their best tune, “Boiling,” a gorgeously blissful slice of electronica which appears destined to become a chill-out compilation staple.

The fact that this wealth of consistently strong material has arrived within the space of just 12 months makes Disclosure even more of an exciting prospect. They’ve already performed on Annie Mac’s Presents…tour, supported SBTRKT and been invited to remix the likes of Emeli Sande and Everything Everything, but their much anticipated debut album, scheduled for early next year, should see them transcend their post-garage roots and become the genre’s first mainstream stars.

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About the Author


Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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