No smoke and mirrors necessary - Disclosure is the real deal.
Headlining Central Park's SummerStage, Guy and Howard Lawrence worked some serious magic Tuesday night in New York as the freshest faces in EDM culture. If there were any doubts swirling around the young Brits' steady ascent thus far, the modest brothers from Surrey, England, let legit production skills and solid footing in soulful underground aesthetics do the heavy lifting.
The beats-driven, sold-out concert was full of surprises, including stellar cameos by UK mates Jessie Ware ('Confess to Me' and 'Running') and crooner Sam Smith of 'Latch' fame. Bristol's Julio Bashmore also delivered the goods during an experimental opening set of tech house music and deeper grooves.
But, ahead of Disclosure's performance, TNGHT's Lunice and Hudson Mohawke came on strong with electrifying stage presence and a bombastic sneak attack by Queensbridge rap legends Mobb Deep. Who could resist trying to rhyme along to 'Quiet Storm/Shook Ones Pt. II'?
Without question, Disclosure's star is rising as they prepare for what looks a lot like world domination, yet the Lawrence boys remain grounded and so damn good. Don't sleep on this pair of evolving musicians who've only just begun. It was less than a year they impressed their first US audience at Brooklyn's Grasslands with a proper blend of 90s UK garage, R&B, dubstep, House music and pop. Their sound has clearly matured and more people are taking note.
Back to SummerStage: Pictures are worth a thousand words but you really had to be there to witness the energy between Disclosure and a captivated crowd singing in unison to nearly every track from the duo's well-received 'Settle,' which debuted in June. Guy, 22, and Howard, 19, went above and beyond the DJ moniker to give people exactly what they wanted - real music to make you move.
A fantastical light show didn't disappoint with animated LED-displays and the Disclosure Face serving as a massive, mesmerizing backdrop. Priceless moment: Everyone within reach got a hand-held fan emblazoned with one of the slickest band logos out now.
"Thank you so much, New York," Guy shouted to sweaty fans as the Central Park show came to its end. "This has been amazing. We are Disclosure." His younger bro expressed the same sentiment as lights dimmed and they walked off stage heading on to a scheduled after-party.
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