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Disclosure - DJ Kicks

Disclosure - DJ Kicks

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Release Date 26/11/2019
Format 2LP Green Vinyl
Label !K7
Catalogue Number K7398LPI


For a duo whose youthful energy rejuvenated the world of house music at the start of the 2010s, it seems incredible that Disclosure are now into their second decade of musical life. The incredible vigour of those early records, the spark of invention and ever-onward musical thrust, remains with the Disclosure brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence, to this day. Their third album, 2020’s ENERGY, was aptly named, with house, breakbeats, disco, UK Garage, electro, soul, R&B, hip hop and a globe-trotting array of percussion combining to bracing effect, as the Lawrence brothers spat musical life into the face of the pandemic.

The emphasis throughout DJ Kicks is on motion. After a brief ambient introduction from Pépe’s Life Signs, Disclosure keep the energy high, in a mix that showcases the wonderful malleability of a house beat in the right hands. From sub bass to disco samples to 303 tweak, all is welcome in Disclosure’s house, with the mix allowing individual songs space to breathe even as the pace remains harefooted.

“Most of the mix is presenting what you can do with house,” says Guy. “And that's basically our career: trying to move house forward, whether it's with songwriting or using different genres or different languages. The mix should represent where we’re at now; and where we’re at now is clubby.”

ENERGY may have confirmed Disclosure’s place at the top of the dance music tree but Guy compares the duo’s DJ Kicks to the sets they might play at after parties and smaller shows, rather than at their huge headline dates. “If you put us in Phonox in Brixton, we're gonna play a bunch of this stuff - it's a good representation of that,” Guy concludes, “what we're going to play in a sweaty basement rave.”

Tracklist

A1 Pépe - Recollection
A2 Harry Wolfman - LOTF
A3 Cleanfield - Conflict With Clayton

B1 Disclosure - Deep Sea
B2 Simon Hinter - Wanna Make Love
B3 &on&on - Don’t Say a Word

C1 M-High - Harmony In The Distance
C2 Slum Science - Mezmerized
D1 Disclosure - Observer Effect (DJ-Kicks)
D2 Arfa x Joe - Recognise

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