The two men in Disclosure are part of a long procession of British musicians who have successfully repackaged black American music for eager young audiences. Rather than being chastised as crass opportunists, Disclosure’s Guy and Howard Lawrence should be applauded for reviving the overlooked vintage dance music of Chicago and Detroit.
The Lawrence brothers have excellent taste. The British accent they applied to club bangers like the 2012 breakout hit “Latch” allowed Disclosure to introduce a new generation of listeners to the lush sounds forged by comparatively obscure American producers like Juan Atkins.
“Settle,” the duo’s 2013 debut album, is filled with terrific pop songs that are masterfully framed by elegant beats.
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The impressive follow-up album “Caracal” proved that “Settle” wasn’t a fluke. In addition to old-school tracks like “Holding On,” a song featuring jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, “Caracal” demonstrates Disclosure’s agility at manipulating contemporary electronic dance music beats. Lorde’s contribution to the sleek EDM jam “Magnets,” for instance, sounds no less vital than Drake’s latest hit.
The primary question for fans of superlative pop and dance music isn’t whether to attend Saturday’s concert. The biggest concern involves selecting dance shoes that will provide secure footing on the wood chips that line the grounds of Crossroads KC.
Tickets range from $35 to $76.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink