Just before the bass drops into the thumping drumbeat on an electronica track, it’s easy to rush towards preconceived (and often negative) notions about popular “dance” music.
But lend brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence enough time and you’ll start dancing without even noticing. The Lawrences, better known as the English electronic duo Disclosure, have received Grammy nominations in the dance album category for their two studio releases, Settle (2014) and Caracal (2015).
In 2013, the duo told Billboard that English singer-songwriter James Blake is one of their biggest sonic inspirations. Disclosure also released “Grab Her,” which sampled legendary Detroit R&B icon J. Dilla. As such, it’s very easy to see why their sound is so much more digestible than many similar beat-makers in the EDM scene.
The group has proven they are far from a one-hit wonder, offering catchy hits like “Latch” (featuring Sam Smith), “White Noise” (featuring AlunaGeorge) and “You & Me” (featuring Eliza Doolittle). Disclosure’s sophomore album was no slump either, featuring cameos from music’s biggest names (e.g. The Weeknd, Lorde and Miguel).
You’ve likely heard Disclosure on the radio, at a frat party or even at Taylor’s Bar and Grill, but it’s their live act, watching it all go down in person, that you won’t want to miss.
Disclosure performs with Honey Dijon 7 pm Wednesday, May 25, at Cuthbert Ampitheater; $39.50 adv., $45 door. — Bryan Kalbrosky