BRIGHT lights, hydraulic powered stage apparatus, and a whole lot of garage/house crossover beats were on show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday night as Disclosure kicked off their UK tour.
Off the back of the success of their sophomore album Caracal, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence showed the near-capacity crowd exactly why they’re making some major waves across worldwide dance circles with their pulsating, rugged, and vivid brand of UK garage.
Vocal collaborators on their track ‘Hourglass’ Lion Babe opened proceedings proving they’ve got more in their locker than just one feature. More from the New York neo soul duo later.
Local favourite and Glaswegian DJ Jackmaster warmed up, treating the crowd to a smörgåsbord of his mixes which featured samples from ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ by Aretha Franklin amongst others.
With the crowd at least tepid by this point things got hot real quick as Disclosure emerged onto stage in classic sci-fi fashion, rising up from the stage to their lofty position raised above their adoring audience.
Opening with smash-hit ‘White Noise’ from their 2013 album Settle things erupted immediately on a night which never lost momentum or energy as the Lawrence brothers avoided stoppages and let the music do the talking.
Fans grooved to ‘Willing and Able’, screeched to ‘Omen’, cathartically wailed to ‘Nocturnal’, enthused when Lion Babe returned to own ‘Hourglass’, and got down to funky remixes of old classics like ‘F For You’, ‘When The Fire Starts To Burn’, ‘You & Me’.
This was all before the night’s pre-encore highlight as Disclosure rolled out the Gregory Porter packed sucker-punch ‘Holding On’. The extended reverberation of the opening note, the thumping bass, and sultry synths, truly had people shaking it.
The Reigate duo returned after a brief interval with Brendan Reilly in tow for the serene, Frank Ocean-esque ‘Moving Mountains’, before they played out with ‘Latch’ a track which clearly means a lot to the brothers. It was career-launching back in 2013 and after seeing it performed for the second time live (first time minus Sam Smith), is still majestic and deserving of all the plaudits they received for it.
Disclosure never fail to transcend an infectious energy that spreads like a dance pandemic, their tracks are light and dark in equal measures, merry and fuming, glossy and rugged.
Guy and Howard, fucking and brilliant.