The best dance record of 2013 so far is from a group with one half of its members under the legal drinking age, on a major label, with loads of guest spots. Discolosure’s debut album, Settle by brothers Guy Lawrence 21-years-old, and Howard 18, have put out an album reminiscent of Basement Jaxx’ 1999 debut Remedy.
The album has impressed music critics, garnering a near perfect 9.1 rating on Pitchfork with its up-beat attitude that calls back to R&B influences from the 1990s and early 2000s. The album calls upon a mixture of male and female guest vocalists like Friendly Fires vocalist Ed MacFarlane’s on “Defeated No More” and Sasha Keable and Hannah Reid, who shares a co-writing credit on “Help Me Lose My Mind”.
A refreshing note to point out is the scarce use of sampling on Settle. The duo borrow a few sounds from Kelis and Slum Village, along with an odd choice from hip-hop motivational speaker Eric Thomas, but overall the pop record stands strong on its own merit. If you’re looking for a new dance album that will carry you through into 2014 and beyond, go with Settle, your ears won’t regret it.
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