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We ranked all 63 Disclosure songs from worst to best

#30 Offline Dexterity

Disclosure name checked Joy Orbison, James Blake, Burial and Mount Kimbie as major influences when they started out. Here’s Exhibit A of that education paying off.

#29 Superego ft. Nao

This one shines because of Nao, who has one of the most characterful voices on Caracal.

#28 Just Your Type

AKA, just your type of thing if you loved Disclosure circa 2011, before they went pop.

#27 Nocturnal ft. The Weeknd

Recorded just as The Weeknd was blowing up from cult R&B favourite to pop mega-star, Nocturnal had the potential to be epic or a major letdown. It turned out to be moderately catchy and smoothly produced, which isn’t the worst result.

#26 Confess To Me ft. Jessie Ware

A fun Settle cut, but without the special something that propelled You & Me and Latch to ubiquity.

#25 The Mechanism (with Friend Within)

This under-the-radar jam dropped in 2014 as a digital download, teaming the Lawrence brothers with house enigma Friend Within. The bass is thick, the drums are super tight, and all involved seem to be having a great time.

#24 Flow

Bright, well-crafted early dancefloor gear from the teenage brothers.

#23 F For You ft. Mary J. Blige

We love Mary J. Blige as much as the next person with a pulse, but there’s a reason we put the original ahead of the Mary J-assisted version. Read on below…

#22 F For You

Coming right after Latch as the fourth track on Settle, F For You was an important song for Disclosure. With so many collaborations crowding the tracklist, this was the first single from the album without a guest. Instead, Howard took on vocal duties, a talent he would grow into on Caracal.

#21 Omen ft. Sam Smith

Admit it: you’ve sung along to this in the car.

#20 Help Me Lose My Mind ft. London Grammar

Disclosure nailed a nice chugging beat for this understated collaboration with London Grammar singer Hannah Reid, sending Settle out on a high. Sometimes the slow ones really hit the spot.

#19 Defeated No More ft. Edward Macfarlane

If there’s such a category as underrated tracks on Settle, Defeated No More would be right up there. Sonically, it’s a welcome change-up from other tracks around it, and Edward Macfarlane pitches his vocals just right.

#18 Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure remix)

Disclosure are musical descendants of Artful Dodger, the UK duo that put a pop sheen on two-step without making it cringey, so this remix made perfect sense. The original remains nostalgic fun, but Guy and Howard brought some extra bump and groove to a track that helped shape them.

#17 Carnival

The title track from the 2011 EP Carnival is very far from the sound of Caracal-era Disclosure, and it’s one of the best snapshots of two baby-faced teenagers flexing their creativity.

#16 Willing & Able ft. Kwabs

There are certain soulful voices that lock right in with Disclosure, and that’s certainly true of Caracal standout Willing & Able, which throws much deserved light on the talents of Kwabs. The brothers knew not to overcrowd this one.

#15 Street Light Chronicle

Like most of Disclosure’s earliest productions, Street Light Chronicle feels energised by and indebted to the spirit of the UK bass scene.

#14 Lividup

Disclosure had a good thing going with German label Greco-Roman, and Lividup fits right in the imprint’s speciality of “colourful music”, with six minutes of inventive drums, cut-up vocals and solid kicks.

#13 Holding On ft. Gregory Porter

Caracal remains a divisive album, but it fulfilled Disclosure’s mission of developing as pop songwriters and composers. With a powerful central performance from Gregory Porter, Holding On is confident, controlled and calibrated for radio.

#12 My Intention Is War!

Closing out the Carnival EP, Disclosure’s no-nonsense house jam My Intention Is War! still bangs on a club sound system.

#11 Blue You

Self-released in 2011, this also shows off the sound of Guy and Howard as young, uninhibited producers, channelling their influences but finding a distinctive Disclosure groove.

#10 Magnets ft. Lorde

Is there any Caracal track worthy of Disclosure’s top ten? Yes, this one. Let’s embrace the comment section of no return!

#9 Boiling ft. Sinead Harnett

The opener from Disclosure’s 2012 EP The Face is an impressive prototype for the polished, vocal-led sounds of Settle.

#8 Latch ft. Sam Smith

Is this Disclosure’s most popular song? Its 206 million YouTube plays certainly present a convincing case. Latch cemented superstardom for both Disclosure and Sam Smith and proceeded to be played, and played, and overplayed for years.

#7 Control ft. Ria Ritchie

Control is Disclosure very much on their game, and the video – featuring dancers, the fresh-faced brothers and their new “face” logo – is still great.

#6 White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge

White Noise is pretty played out, but there’s a reason it’s a highlight of the Disclosure live set-list. (Still not better than the next jam, though…)

#5 Voices ft. Sasha Keable

For some of you fans out there, this’ll be a controversial top ten entry, but Voices is the Settle cut that won’t be underestimated. Sasha Keable has one of those perfect-for-Disclosure voices.

#4 Tenderly

It’s hard to rank Disclosure’s early work, because they were on a very strong run in that pre-Settle era. With Tenderly, the duo channelled their love of house, two-step and pop into a proper jam.

#3 Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure remix)

Of all Disclosure’s remixes, this is the one that best captures a moment in time. The duo’s slick, bumping production is right in step with Jessie Ware’s vocals, nailing that feel-good 2012 vibe.

#2 You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle

Disclosure have worked with some big name vocalists, but their standout results tend to come from lesser-known collaborators. You & Me exemplifies that rule, with rising star Eliza Doolittle matching the song’s throwback garage vibe. Flume’s remix went on to be crazy popular, but the original distils Disclosure at their best.

#1 When a Fire Starts to Burn

Both Settle and Caracal leave you certain of one thing: Disclosure have a gift for collaboration. The brothers play to the strengths of their guests, reaching for the right groove to match each voice. Our number one pick When a Fire Starts to Burn is a different beast.

For the Settle opener, Disclosure skipped a guest vocalist and chose a sample of “hip-hop preacher” Eric Thomas. The result is a straight-ahead banger that sounded exhilarating when it first dropped in 2013 and still holds up today.  When a Fire Starts to Burn is a perfect bridge between Disclosure’s UK club roots and their pop awakening.


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