Album review: Disclosure, Settle (PMR)


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The Lawrence brothers duo Disclosure has been touted as the saviour of UK dance music, which makes one wonder at just how bad a state UK dance music must be in. Featuring track after track of drab, methodical beats plodding along laboriously behind finicky little hihat moves and quacking synth lines, it's the kind of dance music that makes dancing a dreary duty.

Clearly, the form has receded drastically since the era when the likes of The Chemical Brothers brought playful invention to the dancefloor; now, it appears to have been reduced to simply a checklist of familiar sounds and effects, harnessed to the dullest beats imaginable, and dependent on outside collaborators for interest - in which regard, only Jamie Woon delivers here, adding a sliver of lyrical inspiration to “January”.

Download: January