Disclosure drop their new album’s artwork and release date

The Lawrence brothers delivered some much-anticipated album news at their two UK festival shows last weekend: their sophomore effort will be called Caracal, and it’ll drop on September 25. We’ve already had two big new tunes in club banger Bang That and soulful anthem Holding On with Gregory Porter, and over the weekend they revealed that the new album will also feature guest spots from hyped emerging vocalists Lion Babe, Nao and Kwabs.

The album title refers to a wild African cat that Howard Lawrence reportedly became fascinated with while on tour. “I just love the way they look, their physical capabilities and their anonymity,” Howard said in the press release. “It felt like a perfect fit for our Wild Life brand too, so the Caracal made perfect sense as the lead visual for the new album and…it also felt like a natural title for the new record too.”

Fellow UK auteur Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT was less impressed with their choice of cover artwork, however, hitting out on Twitter with accusations of plagiarism. In a now deleted tweet on 8 June, SBTRKT wrote, “first lp mask theme. Second lp. anonymous cat theme. Wildfire meant wildlife tribal theme – Hold on.” SBTRKT’s art director A Hidden Place also reacted to the new Disclosure artwork with plagiarism accusations, with the (now deleted) tweet, “used to think they were really cute wanting to be like Sbtrkt. But whats up w/ going from face to mythical creature”.

The “feud” didn’t last long, though, with SBTRKT later tweeting, “I’m not looking for press. I tweeted at someone about artwork. Disclosure are great guys and musically unique. End of.” Check out the artwork for SBTRKT’s latest Wonder Where We Land and Disclosure’s Caracal below and make up your own mind about any similarities. Caracal is out on September 25; you can pre-order it now at the Disclosure website or watch the album teaser below.