Disclosure‘s Howard and Guy Lawrence spoke about the musical ethos behind their upcoming album, Caracal, and why they always believed Sam Smith was destined to be a star, at Capitol Records’ third annual Capitol Congress held August 5, 2015 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Due out September 25 and featuring collaborations with The Weeknd, Miguel and Lorde, Caracal includes slower tempos and is a departure from the house and garage tracks that informed their 2013 debut, Settle.
The Lawrences report their R&B leanings received a warm reception on their recent European tour went down extremely well, and they’re eager to present more songs from their upcoming sophomore effort.
“We’ve been in rehearsals a lot…we did a big test run in Europe and we played some good festivals,” said Howard Lawrence. “It’s looking good. I just can’t wait to put the whole album into the show, you know, because we kinda tested a few songs and once people know them it’s going to be amazing.”
Watch the video below to find out more about Caracal and their relationship with singer-songwriter Sam Smith.
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Those who were curious what Disclosure has been up to recently got a hint via the single “Bang That,” but now there’s a new sonic development that will be even more important to Disclosure fans: the first song to be released from the duo’s forthcoming second album. “Holding On” hails from the pair’s follow-up to their smash 2013 debut album, Settle. Naturally, it won’t be easy following in the footsteps of a record that took the world by storm and introduced the public not only to the British duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence but also to soon-to-be superstar Sam Smith, whose guest appearance on “Latch” was the singer’s first taste of fame.
While Smith isn’t around for the new tune, “Holding On” features a guest vocalist who’s just as impressive in his own way. Soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter lends his lungs to the tune, and his powerfully husky tones imbue the track with something organic and rather special. And Disclosure’s return isn’t restricted to the recording studio, either. They’ll be appearing at the Parklife festival on June 6 as well as their own Wild Life festival on June 7, and it probably wouldn’t be out of order to expect “Holding On” to pop up in their set list.
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This year’s Bestival was held on a sunny weekend from September 4-7 at Robin Hill Country Park located on Isle of Wight. Rob da Bank’s annual fete was four days of music and mayhem with acts ranging from Outkast and Major Lazer to Foals, Chic and Bonobo.
EDM is taking a foot hold everywhere and the genre made its presence known at Bestival. The usually eclectic UK festival that began in 2004 had been generally been built on electronic music, but this year saw a decline in indie-rock acts on the bill. Interestingly enough, the hippies, crustsies and rock heads who were prominent in recent editions seemed to disappear. Nonetheless, happy smiling faces were in abundance.
The lineup for HARD Summer 2014, taking place August 2 and August 3 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in Los Angeles, has been made public. While headliners include many of the usual festival suspects — Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack U, Tiësto, Axwell and Disclosure — the bill is rounded out with sets from techno stalwart Josh Wink, Belgian mashup kings 2manydjs and hotly-tipped newcomer Gorgon City. Full lineup is below. You can see a watch trailer here.
Saturday, August 2
Jack U| A$AP Mob | Axwell | Flosstradamus
Baauer | Tommy Trash | DJ Snake | Carnage | Jack Beats
Seth Troxler |Kill The Noise | Justin Martin | Pusha T
Tiga Vs. Audion | The Martinez Brothers | Josh Wink | Griz
What So Not | Tchami | Oliver | Dusky | Rustie | Bro Safari
Alex Metric | Lunice |The M Machine | Cyril Hahn | Henry Fong
Goldroom (DJ Set) | J. Philip | Aeroplane | Juan Maclean (DJ Set)
Justin Jay | Shift K3y | Twrk | Valentino Khan | David Heartbreak
Louisahhh!!! | Sharooz | Worthy | Eprom | Harvey Mckay |
Alesia | Etnik | Cut Snake | Alix Perez + More
Sunday, August 3
Tiësto | Disclosure | Nero | Dillion Francis
2manydjs | Martin Garrix | A-Trak | Chase &Amp; Status | Maya Jane Coles
Rudimental (Live) | Sub Focus | Brodinski | Clockwork
Destructo | Julio Bashmore | DJ Mustard | The Chainsmokers
Gorgon City | Cashmere Cat | Mercer | Hucci | Breach
Jesse Rose | Claptone | Danny Daze | Wave Racer | Jacques Greene
Kastle | Jimmy Edgar |Sharam Jey | 100s | Dj Slink
Trippy Turtle | Branchez |Milo &Amp; Otis | Etc! Etc! | Kill Frenzy
Shiba San | Hannah Wants | Blood Diamonds | Mr. Carmack
Vanilla Ace | Djemba Djemba | Wax Motif | Vindata
Kry Wolf | Cory Enemy | Bones + More
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Much has happened since we last reported on Disclosure. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence were nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronica Album for their 2013 debut, Settle, and they continue to do no wrong in the eyes of fans and critics. Last night the Lawrences performed “Latch” from the aforementioned album with vocalist Sam Smith on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and it went down really well. Have a look at their performance from Fallon and tell us if it’s something you’d, er, latch onto.
PMR Records, home to acts such as Jessie Ware, Two Inch Punch. T.Williams and Cyril Hahn, have removed the video for UK dance duo Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind.” In a statement posted today on their website, the label explained the reason for pulling the clip: “The video for Disclosure’s new single ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ was revealed this morning and as with previous Disclosure videos, it was about the connection of people having a goof time, something that Disclosure want associated with their music… Unfortunately, the video has received a few comments referencing the use of drugs within the video. PMR feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity and as such have made the decision to remove the video.”
Was the label’s act done in the public interest or publicity stunt? You decide.