August 2020 is bringing with it a new album release from Disclosure. The duo announced that on August 28, their third studio album, ENERGY, is going to be released. The album is going to consist of 11 tracks, with a titular track included. In addition to the album announcement, the “ENERGY” track itself was also released.
ENERGY brings with it collaborations left and right. There are appearances from a variety of artists, some who have worked with the duo before and are well-known and others who have not. Kelis opens up the album, and other artists to make an appearance include Channel Tres, Aminé, slowthai, Mick Jenkins, Mali Mali, Fatoumata Diawara, Blik Bassy, Kehlani, Syd, and Common.
Disclosure speaks about the album as one that emanated from the singular word – energy.
The thing that decided which songs made it and which songs didn’t was that one word: energy. Every track was written really quickly. That’s why we had to write so many songs because those ones don’t come up every day. Or every week. Or every month.
The titular song, and in a domino effect, the album, is built around cut-up samples of Eric Thomas. Thomas is a motivational speaker who appeared in Disclosure’s 2013, “When a Fire Starts to Burn.” Disclosure explains that they, “…cut up various speeches to make something that makes sense. What he says is basically the whole concept for the record, that’s why it became the title track.”
The tracklist for ENERGY is as follows:
- Watch Your Step (Kelis)
- Lavender (Channel Tres)
- My High (Aminé, slowthai)
- Who Knew? (Mick Jenkins)
- Douha (Mali Mali) (Fatoumata Diawara)
- Fractal (Interlude)
- Ce N’est Pas (Blik Bassy)
- Thinking ‘Bout You (Interlude)
- Birthday (Kehlani, Syd)
- Reverie (Common)
Disclosure seems excited for what they have created and are releasing this summer. Guy Lawrence spoke a bit about the album, stating:
It’s such a privileged lane that we’ve found ourselves in. It’s great that we can play to 20,000 people and then go and play a dark, sweaty rave. We just want the most amount of people to have the most amount of enjoyment. We can’t wait to do it again and again when the time comes.
You can pre-order ENERGY on vinyl, CD, and cassette here, and if you do, you will instantly receive a digital download of the title track. You can also give a listen to the title track below. It is a single that gets us hype, filled with Brazilian beats and, well, energy. Let us know your thoughts!