Music Review: Disclosure goes for star power on its second album

Around the time Guy Lawrence (the older Disclosure sibling) was toddling about and before Howard Lawrence (the younger Disclosure sibling) was even conceived, many respected DJs and producers were playing unforgettable sets in underground clubs and warehouses and creating indelibly classic dance tracks. It took two decades and the Lawrence brothers’ skills as songwriters and producers to bring those sounds—which never made it out of the underground in the U.S.—to the mainstream with their album Settle.

Disclosure’s second album, Caracal, makes those one-time underground sounds even more accessible. The groove-based house and bumping U.K. garage template of Settle is in place, but the songwriting on Caracal is sharply honed with Jimmy Napes (who penned “Latch” on Settle), co-writing the album. It doesn’t hurt that Caracal‘s collaborations are blinding: The Weeknd, Lorde, Miguel, Gregory Porter, Kwabs, Lion Babe, and, of course, “Latch” collaborator Sam …

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