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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

12 O'Clock Track: Disclosure's screwy garage-house track "When the Fire Starts to Burn"

Posted By on 05.29.13 at 12:00 PM

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Guy and Howard Lawrence are the brothers behind Disclosure, the British electronic-music duo whose popularity has surged in the past year. Their remix of Jessie Ware's "Running" was what first caused dance-music fans to take notice, but praise continued to build with a steady stream of singles, peaking with "White Noise," which dropped in February and eventually climbed to number two on the UK Singles charts. "White Noise" is one of 2013's best singles, a savvy and fluid combination of R&B, UK garage, and house music, but the anticipation for the duo's debut LP Settle (which comes out Tuesday, June 3) has only increased with each new track that's leaked off the album. I think my own interest in listening to the album went from "curious to hear what it sounds like" to "really fucking excited" with the appearance of leadoff track "When a Fire Starts to Burn," which Disclosure released on their Soundcloud page five days ago. The song hews closely to the garage-house template the music press has ascribed to the duo, but only vaguely in this instance, and with lots of early-90s house, including traces of stuff like C&C Music Factory and Technotronic. What makes the song truly special is the inclusion of a cleverly sequenced vocal sample—the repetition and splicing of a man saying, "When a fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread, she gonna bring that attitude home/You don't wanna do none of what they like"—which doesn't quite conform to the song's rhythm but somehow fits perfectly. Listen to it below the jump.

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