Disclosure share new song Ecstasy, tease new album this year
After returning to Australia for last year's Falls Festival, it seems we're not going to be waiting too long to hear from them again.
Legendary UK house duo and bonafide electronic favourites Disclosure have had a bit of a turbulent past few years, with the Lawrence brothers spending a solid five years deepening their craft and experimenting with new sounds following the release of their most recent record, 2015's guest-packed Caracal. There have been some real highlights in the time since - we were confident that a string of singles back in 2018 was preluding a full-length record, but apparently not - and their two collaborations with Khalid have seen them grapple with commercialism not felt since Settle, but largely it's been a period of relative quietness for the festival favourites.
In 2020, however, it seems like that's changing. Over the last few weeks, the brothers have taken to social media to tease a big year planned - "We’re back!!" the duo exclaimed on social media just yesterday - and have followed up their most recent Khalid collaboration with a full-length 'Kitchen Mix', a.k.a. a taste of what the duo have been listening to in their period of quietness, which may very well be the sounds that influence and inspire their forthcoming record. From the sounds of it, expect a deep-dive on old-fashioned disco-house and its integration with modern-day R&B and pop; a natural progression from Caracal which took Disclosure's sound and mixed with guests including Lorde and The Weeknd.
One of the tracks included within that Kitchen Mix was a then-unreleased cut titled Ecstasy, which with its full release one day later - a.k.a. right now - officially launches the comeback of a house duo whose absence has been a little too long in a time of international house revolution. Compared to their work with Khalid (and even the heavily sample-based selects that arrived back in 2018, like Moonlight), Ecstacy is a five-minute-long instrumental cut that showcases Disclosure's expert craft in good ol' fashion disco-house, layering subtle vocal sampling with rushing rhythms and sweeping synth work that takes it back to their earlier work even before they hit international attention with Settle.
"This song came into existence early 2019 during a writing session at Guy’s house in London," the duo say on the track, presumably a tease of their long-awaited third record expected sometime this year. "We were curiously chopping up samples from various 70s disco and soul records when suddenly, Fantasy by Aquarium Dream gave us the exact thing we were searching for. This song is made entirely to get a human being to their feet and directly to the dance floor."
Dive into the track below, and hope their visit to Australia for Falls Festival at the start of this year isn't the only opportunity to catch the duo in action sometime over the next twelve months:
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