So far in 2020, Grammy-nominated UK duo Disclosure have released three singles that went straight for the jugular in three very different ways. First was the carnival-infused “Energy.” Then came a hip house aural assault featuring Aminé and slowthai, “My High.” Their most current was the globally unifying and uplifting soundtrack to the sunshine, “Douha (Mali Mali)” featuring Fatoumata Diawara. All three tracks showcase the versatility and innovation harnessed by the London-based brotherly duo made up of Guy and Howard Lawrence.
Next up comes “Birthday,” featuring Kehlani and Syd, which lands just 36 hours ahead of their third studio album, Energy. Taking the tempo down to a confident yet sultry swagger, “Birthday” digs deeper in an R&B sound that the brother’s brought to the forefront of their repertoire around their sophomore album, Caracal. In fact, the song was one of the earliest tracks Disclosure completed during their sessions in Los Angeles and quickly made the cut for their forthcoming album.
On the concept of the song, Howard explains: “Syd & I were going through a similar thing at the time, trying to work out if it was cool to call your ex to say hi or is it too awkward / mean to do so out of the blue?”
“It’s the oldest song on the album by far so has definitely stood the test of time and deservedly made the cut” adds Guy. “And the addition of Kehlani just took it to the next level and turned into a fire duet.”
Disclosure – Birthday ft. Kehlani & Syd
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