Energy is the first album in five years from Disclosure brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence — similar to their early laid-back house music but even less urgent and more textured.
The title track uses cut-up samples of hip-hop preacher Eric Thomas, whose words appeared in 2013’s When a Fire Starts to Burn — the year Disclosure had two consecutive top 10 hit singles. Carnivalesque percussion builds to create a clubbier feel, and the album’s key message materializes: “Where your focus goes, your energy flows”.
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With Energy, Disclosure continues the refined, radio-friendly takes on house, U.K. garage, and more than made them stars, but find plenty of room to expand into new territory. As with Settle and it’s slower, more R&B-influenced follow-up Caracal, Energy boasts an impressive list of guest stars whose talents help make these dancefloor anthems into all-embracing global pop.
‘ENERGY’ was written and recorded across 2019, and wrapped up before the year’s end. In an era of moody quarantine records, it’s refreshing that they haven’t retreated nor tried to anticipate a collective mood. It’s uncompromising and electrifying in the dour face of 2020 – and a reminder of how the Lawrence brothers are at the top of their game.
Guy and Howard’s previous album, 2015’s ‘Caracal’, was no disaster – it solidified their songwriting chops and provided fertile ground for new collaborations with the likes of The Weeknd and Miguel – but perhaps lacked the urgency of their colossal debut album, 2013’s ‘Settle’. Then again, after hectic times on the road, it’s little wonder that they opted to take a more scenic route on album two, eschewing house bangers for R&B jams and a broader musical palette.
They’ve kept busy in the interim, though. 2018’s delightful ‘Moonlight’ EP was a refreshing, sample-led tonic, while they’ve split their skills working with artists such as Lianne La Havas, Khalid, and the late Mac Miller. Another EP earlier this year, ‘Ecstasy’, acted as a reminder of the tempo and, ahem, energy, to be expected on their third album.