Disclosure's collab with Aminé and slowthai - My High - is the funnest song of the year
The single is the second taste of the UK duo's forthcoming third album ENERGY, which arrives August 28th.
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It's no secret that over the last ten years, Disclosure have proved they know how to have a good time. Their earliest work was fixated on the power and passion of the dancefloors; a disco ball-lit energy that eventually paved the way for their break-out debut album Settle, which remains as one of the best electronic albums of all time. It's also a record that soon defined the exact dancefloors they were aiming to capture - it was near-impossible, for example, to avoid their snapping percussion and rolling bass lines on a Saturday night, for a good few years.
Their work in the time since has floated between commercial electro-pop that enlists musical heavyweights (Lorde, The Weeknd) right through to 'authentic' four-on-the-floor stompers, but regardless of what sound they chase, that 3AM club night energy has always been at Disclosure's core. It's also something that seems to be at the core of their forthcoming third album ENERGY, which as the title suggests, is seemingly a collection of high-octane and lively singles that bid the return of dance music's most renowned UK brothers.
After enlisting an old friend - hip-hop preacher Eric Thomas, whose vocal led the infamous When A Fire Starts To Burn - for the single's title track and introductory moment, Disclosure now enlist two of hip-hop's most fun rappers for one of the year's best singles to-date: UK break-out rapper slowthai, and cult-favourite US rapper Aminé.
Titled My High, the single is an anthem through and through. It's a powerful five-minutes that picks up from the get-go and doesn't slow down until its dying breath, with the minutes in between seeing Disclosure do what they do best - craft a fun, energetic house production that morphs itself around their chosen guest collaborators. Pitching slowthai and Aminé as said collaborators is a bold move - the two are firmly rooted in hip-hop, a sound Disclosure don't often experiment with - but it works; My High capturing the excitement of two of hip-hop's most daring, alongside a charming production that elevates it rather than tries to hide it.
"We always wanted to work with rappers, we just didn’t know any and we had no means of contacting them…there’s not a lot of rappers in Reigate," the duo say on the single, the second from their forthcoming album ENERGY, which arrives on August 28th. "Writing My High with Aminé was a lot of fun, he’s hilarious and may as well be a comedian. He writes so quickly and it’s amazing to watch. He brought so much energy to this already very energetic tune that when we got home to London in January there was only one guy capable of matching it…slowthai."
Despite My High being one of Disclosure's first forays into the hip-hop world, it's not the only one bound to be featured on ENERGY. The album - whose tracklist was released with its debut single - is brimming with hip-hop and R&B-aligned talent: Mick Jenkins, Kelis, Common, Syd, Kehlani and the list goes on. You can find the full tracklisting below, but in the meantime, get swept up in Disclosure's storm below:
Disclosure - ENERGY LP Tracklisting:
01 Watch Your Step [ft. Kelis]
02 Lavender [ft. Channel Tres]
03 My High [ft. Aminé and slowthai]
04 Who Knew? [ft. Mick Jenkins]
05 Douha (Mali Mali) [ft. Fatoumata Diawara]
06 Fractal (Interlude)
07 Ce N’est Pas [ft. Blik Bassy]
09 Thinking ’Bout You (Interlude)
10 Birthday [ft. Kehlani and Syd]
11 Reverie [ft. Common]
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