It’s hard to muster anything more than a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for Disclosure’s new album Caracal. Like, it’s grand, unimaginative and lacking in dynamics, a bit too polished to love, the songs never quite jumping out quite as much as their thrilling debut.
The Lawrences have been having better luck on the remix front, via Gus Pirelli, Julio Bashmore, themselves, A-Trak and now Jon Hopkins who has turned their Lorde collaboration into an unrelated tower of sonic magnitude. This could be one of those “I had an existing track, I stuck a sample in” to justify the remix fee but it’s still a lot better than 90% of Caracal.
Following their redux version of ‘F For You’ from Disclosure’s debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers teamed up once again on some tracks on her upcoming The London Sessions release, which will also feature Sam Smith, Naughty Boy and Emili snoorefest Sandé.
You have have already heard ‘Right Now’, their first collab for the album. ‘Follow’ is part two, a song that’s very much in the vein of ‘Grab You’ from Settle, except with added million selling soul diva.
Guinness Amplify is a new initiative which aims to support new and upcoming Irish bands and acts through a programme of pub gigs (with some large well-known artists), industry workshops, studio time and media coverage. Full details of all of it are here including the judges (they include me).
Today, Guinness added Bastille, Disclosure and Jess Glynne to the lineup of established bands who will join Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, Walking On Cars and Daithi on the 500 pub gigs taking place throughout September and October. The application for bands to get involved closes tomorrow at midnight (July 31st), so you can log on at http://www.guinnessamplify.com.
Guinness Amplify Live schedule
11th September to 14th September, 2014
18th September to 21st September, 2014
25th September to 28th September, 2014
2nd October to 5th October, 2014
9th October to 12th October, 2014
Bands for the gigs are chosen by the publican and must agree a fee for playing with the publican directly.
23 tracks from 25 of the artists playing Longitude this weekend.
The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show, which was all Longitude artists.
The Lawrence brothers are now officially co-opted into the American mainstream.
It’s plain to see that Disclosure have really hit the bigtime when the likes of Mary J. Blige are jumping on a track and sucking up some of your coolness. ‘F For You’ is one of my favourite tracks from Settle but it was totally ripe for a big euphoric vocal and there’s nowt much better than Mary “EMPRESS OF SOUL” Blige for that.
An evaporated reverbed edit of Disclosure's poppiest track.
Belfast producer Unknown teamed up with singer Gemma Dunleavy officially a few months back as UNKNWN for live performances but this edit is from the production wing of the duo.
You all know the original, a track which was revealed to be the track which connected most to audiences in a live setting. Here, UNKNWN kidnap Sam Smith with chloroform and make him sing in a reverbed hazy bunker, creating something evaporated in the process. Free download.