Disclosure

  • British EDM duo formed in 2010 from Reigate, Surrey England. The duo consists of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence.
  • The brothers had parents who were professional musicians, and they both learned instruments at an early age. In college, they studied music and music technology, with Guy listening to funk and soul while Howard listened to hip-hop and dubstep music. The elder Guy enjoyed creating house music, and he introduced his brother to it. By 2010, Guy was 19 years old and Howard was 16 years old. They started to create electronic music that called “house music with a pop structure” and they uploaded it to their MySpace account. Their exposure and popularity increased, and a small independent label noticed, signing them and supporting a tour in the UK.
  • In August 2010, they released their first single, Offline Dexterity, and they produced remixes of music from other artists. In early 2011, they signed with another label and an EP was released – Carnival. When they released their EP The Face in June 2012, they began to get radio play in the UK, and critics took notice, particularly those who focused on electronic music. In October, they released the single Latch (featuring Sam Smith), and they had their breakthrough. The song peaked at #11 in the UK, and when it was released as a single in the U.S. in 2014, it topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and it peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 chart.
  • Latch was included in Disclosure’s debut album, Settle, released in 2013. The album topped the UK Album chart and the U.S. Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Critics loved it, with AllMusic giving it a rare 5-star rating. It was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Dance Album in 2014. The singles White Noise and You & Me were top ten hits in the UK, and the latter peaked at #19 on the U.S. Electronic Songs chart. Another single from the album, F For You (featuring Mary J. Blige) was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording.
  • After a successful tour to support their debut album, they recorded their follow-up album and released Caracal in 2015. They received their third Grammy nomination for the album, as it topped album charts in the UK and U.S. The album featured vocals from several major stars, including Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd. They had top ten Dance hits with Omen (featuring Sam Smith) and Magnets (featuring Lorde). In 2016, they released a three-track EP titled Moog For Love, and then they went on hiatus for a year to re-energize.
  • They began to work on their third studio album in 2018. Before its release, they released a single titled Ultimatum which led to their fourth Grammy nomination. After releasing EPs in 2018 and 2020, their Energy album was finally released in August 2020. Two more Grammy nominations were received, and six singles from the album charted on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart. While retaining their signature deep house sound, the album explored different genres like R&B and Afropop.
  • In addition to their work on Energy, Disclosure produced and co-wrote the single Talk by Khalid in 2019. The song reached #3 on the Hot 100 and Rolling Stone ranked it #29 on their Best Songs of 2019 list. It received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 2020.
  • With Disclosure’s deep house style, they won’t be found on many pop charts. But if you like chill EDM music, Disclosure is one of the best in the business – and they are one of my favorites. Here’s the boys (and Sam Smith) performing Latch at the Glastonbury festival in 2014.

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