Okayplayer's 13 best albums of 2013

Year's Best: Okayplayer's 13 Best Albums Of 2013

Year's Best: Okayplayer's top 13 LPs of 2013 Disclosure - Settle

2. Disclosure – Settle

Brotherly duo Disclosure assumed the UK electro-throne this year. Their critically beloved debut Settle is a massive throwback to golden times in the UK– an homage to garage’s glory days, drum & bass–and most gleaming-ly–the golden era of house music. This layered nostalgia resulted in arguably a new form of electronic music– one that has both chart-topping viability and warehouse credibility. Disclosure’s rise, confluent with a renaissance in UK synth-pop, has above all focused attention on the underground. Breakout tune “Latch” officially marked the onset of Disclosure-mania (as well as the future rise to superstardom of wonder-crooner Sam Smith). Flash forward (yet still two months prior to the release of Settle) to a festival-closing slot at Coachella marked an official debut into fan-gal and guy stardom for the boys from Reigate, Surrey. Since then, on the heels of their club staple-stacked debut, the Lawrence brothers have become the goldendudes of Okayfuture-world. Accompanying the brothers’ signature synthy bounce on Settle are bang-worthy vocals from a who’s-who of UK electro-R&B royalty including first lady of synth-pop Jessie WareAlunaGeorgeJamie WoonSam Smith, and Eliza Doolittle. Without a doubt 2013 was only an introduction to the Disclosure brothers. Bigger things are in store for 2014. – Alyssa Klein

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