One of, if not the biggest breakthrough groups in Electronic Music last year was Disclosure. Disclosure are English brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence and in 2013 they reached new heights with their debut album ‘Settle’ that was on top of many year’s end best-of lists (among others, #4 on StereoGum, #6 on The Guardian or #1 on r/electronicmusic).
They were praised for their immense soul, warmth and emotional depth – despite clearly playing dance music with a strong pop influence. One of the most important aspects of their album was that almost every song was a feature. An attribute that is usually a good reason for skepticism, but that became one of the main reasons for success in the case of Disclosure.
Among the collaborators are many amazing women, who strongly shape the overall sound of the album and I picked my three absolute favorites featuring Eliza Doolittle, Aluna George and London Grammar.
with Eliza Doolittle – You & Me (Flume Remix)
To me, this is one of the best songs of the last decade. The original is great, but Flume‘s remix is completely out of this world. And just when you think this couldn’t be topped a video comes around, produced by Toby & Pete, that clearly proves this assumption wrong. It captures the strong and intimate sexual energy of the song and translates it into intense pictures.
The song itself features London-based Indie singer Eliza Doolittle, who was born into an English family of artists and quickly realized that singing is what she wants to do. She has released two albums, as of yet and was already featured on some electronic tracks before, but ‘You & Me’ stands as her biggest feature until now.
with AlunaGeorge – White Noise
White Noise is one of the more forward going, very dancy songs from Disclosure’s album and, to no surprise, it works like a charm. Be sure to also check out the fine and upbeat video, that features some amazing dance moves, linked above.
Electronic/trip-hop duo AlunaGeorge, or more precisely Aluna Francis, one half of the duo, provide the vocals for this track. Their own stand-alone music is inspired by Future-Pop artists and 90’s R&B and is definitely worth checking out.
with London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Mind
The last, very calm and deeply emotional track, was created by Disclosure in collaboration with platinum-winning group London Grammar, who have already been featured on Electric Women before. ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ is clearly influenced by the artistic vision of the duo and creates an atmosphere of emotional intimacy that is rarely reached in dance music.
Genre: Garage / Electro
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