[YEAR-END] Top 50 Albums of 2013 (#7) x Disclosure ‘Settle’

no7The British duo known as Disclosure became a huge international success with their debut album ‘Settle’. Featuring an effortless blend of electronica and UK garage, Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ is all uptempo dance gems that have been burning up worldwide charts for months. The album’s first single (“Latch”) features up-and-coming soul crooner Sam Smith and is a delightful vocal surprise in the midst of Disclosure’s dancefloor hits. Promo single “When A Fire Starts To Burn” is both vogue-ready and radio-friendly (if that’s even possible), featuring a clever sample of a speech by motivational speaker Eric Thomas.


Because ‘Settle’ coincided with the comeback of Daft Punk, many comparisons arose between the two albums. Although ‘Random Access Memories’ features deeper songwriting, the dance factors of the Disclosure record brings back the fun in electronic music. Songs like third single “You & Me” and current (sixth) single “Voices” is enough to bring many cross-cultural backgrounds to the dancefloor. The highlight “January” featuring Jamie Woon is one of the album’s most critically acclaimed non-single tracks.

As with most DJ production teams, the visuals are especially important. Of the albums fourteen songs, half have already received video treatments shot in various parts of the United Kingdom and Africa. My personal favorite is for the album’s second single “White Noise” featuring AlunaGeorge. Given the massive success of the single prior to its visual, the duo head to Detroit, Michigan – known as the US home of techno music – to deliver a very captivating message during the city’s highly publicized bankruptcy. The “White Noise” moment made minor headlines and has also become one of my favorite music events of the year.

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