hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #13 Disclosure
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). We continue today with the sophomore album from electronic music duo Disclosure.
A Little Background…
Disclosure's full-length debut, Settle, was one of the albums of the year on its release in 2013, picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic Album, and the duo's rise to prominence has rightly been described as meteoric. In July last year, as part of Channel 4's Superstar DJs series, the pair told host Annie Mac they were due to begin working on its follow-up in September last year, and although information on the album's progress since then has been all but nonexistent, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are widely expected to release their sophomore LP at some point in 2015.
In the meantime, the pair have contributed production work on two tracks from Mary J. Blige's 2014 album The London Sessions, as well as re-recording a version of 'F for You' with the veteran R&B singer, although rumours of them producing Madonna's upcoming album Rebel Heart proved to be false, with Madge opting to work with Major Lazer's Diplo and Swedish EDM producer Avicii, among others. However, the Surrey-born brothers have been keeping themselves busy in the meantime with a handful of remixes, notably a reworking of Pharrell's 2003 hit 'Frontin'' and Usher's 'Good Kisser', as well as collaborating with Nile Rodgers, Sam Smith and Jimmy Snapes on a new track called 'Together', which featured on the Settle remix album along with re-workings of the album's tracks by the likes of HudMo and hip-hop legend DJ Premier.
What's It Called?
Disclosure are yet to announce a title for the new record, in fact there haven't really been any new updates on the new LP since July last year, so we still don't know what it will be called.
What Will It Sound Like?
Speaking in the Annie Mac interview, Guy said of the new album: "[We're] going to differentiate the sound a little bit from the previous album. We don't want to go a million miles away from where we are." That suggests we're not looking at a radical departure from the sound on Settle, which is no bad thing, but with no new tracks surfacing yet it's difficult to get a feel for what the new album could really sound like just yet.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Back in March last year the duo hinted at some big-name collaborations, telling The Daily Star: "We have been approached by so many names it would be stupid to turn them all down....there will be some big names. We can't announce them yet but we are incredibly excited about it." The pair have also previously expressed a desire to work with a rapper on the next record, with Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky and Q-Tip all featuring on the duo's wish list back in 2013.
As for the production, we'd expect Disclosure to be producing their own record, but with legends like Nile Rodgers having worked with the pair in recent months it's too early to rule out some collaborative efforts too.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
No release date has been floated as yet, so your guess is as good as ours as to exactly when we might see album no. 2, but we sure hope it does arrive this year because if their debut is anything to go by it should be something pretty special.