Disclosure have released Energy, the follow-up to their 2015 album Caracal.
The record, as is par for the course for the Lawrence brothers, features a laundry list of collaborators. Aminé and slowthai rap on “My High,” while Malian vocalist Fatoumata Diawara sings on “Douha (Mali Mali).” Kelis, Kehlani, Common and Channel Tres appear elsewhere on the LP.
Disclosure culled just 11 songs from a catalog of 200 tracks and ideas for Energy—a strategy adapted from their former collaborator Sam Smith, who sang on their breakout hit “Latch.”
“We thought, why don’t we do that? That’s a great idea!” Howard Lawrence explained in a statement. “We didn’t see the really painful part, which is having to cut songs out.”
“But that’s what makes a good record,” Guy Lawrence added. “How brutal can you be? How much time do you need to get your point across? All of the songs that didn’t make the album led us to the right songs.”
Though Energy is just 11 tracks long, its deluxe edition—also out today—includes a second disc with the Ecstasy EP, released in February, as well as Disclosure’s recent collaborations with Khalid, the 2019 single “Talk” and 2020 follow-up “Know Your Worth.”
To help promote Energy, Disclosure recently created an immersive experience in Minecraft spanning 100 million blocks and over 3.8 square kilometers. The realm also included a selection of 8-bit remixes. See it here:
And stream the deluxe edition of Energy below: