Wednesday 22 January 2020

Siblings settle for only the highest of standards

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence.
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: Disclosure Settle (Island) 4 STARS

Guy and Howard Lawrence are brothers from Nowheresville, Surrey, who are being hailed as the brightest things to have happened to UK dance in years.

The pair – aged 19 and 21 – certainly talk the talk and recently likened this debut album to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

No sniggers at the back – because, although Settle cannot be compared to such an audacious work, it's really quite something.

Over the course of a longish, guest-heavy album, the Lawrences display craft and guile as the hopscotch gleefully from trance to dubstep to glitchy electronica.

Their production smarts – first seen last year on their effervescent remix of Jessie Ware's Running – are all over this record. Yet their studio alchemy is always in service of the songs, rather than an exercise in grandstanding.

Ware returns the favour by appearing on one of the standouts, the soulful Confess to Me, and there's a sterling contribution from London Grammar vocalist Hannah Reid on the gloriously melodramatic Help Me Lose My Mind.

Other guests include Jamie Woon, Eliza Doolittle and Friendly Fires' Ed Macfarlane, and it is to the credit of the Lawrence boys that they are able to marshal such talent and not be suffocated. One can play a spot-the-vocals game with this album, but it's very much to work of two clever young men who are going places fast.

KEY TRACKS Help Me Lose My Mind; Confess to Me

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