Settle is full of epic tracks, but do you remember “When A Fire Starts To Burn”?
Disclosure took the world by storm with their debut album Settle, the platform in which this week’s #TBT, “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, calls its rightful home. Released in May 2013 the album was nominated for a Mercury Prize, reached number 1 on the UK and US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Charts, and is certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry signifying shipments in excess of 300,000 copies. With stellar features from Sam Smith on “Latch”, Aluna George on “White Noise”, and Edward McFarlane on “Defeated No More” it is no question why the album has received such acclaim.
The album is full of iconic tracks, but none more important than the first two. “Intro” features Eric Thomas delivering a motivational speech about change. As the speech comes to an end he utters his last phrase, “It’s spontaneous combustion I think is what they call it. Right? Right. And what happens is…”. After a slight pause the all-known “When A Fire Starts To Burn” lyrics seamlessly drop and it’s groove time. Listen to “When A Fire Starts To Burn on Spotify or watch the music video below.
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Sound by sound the track develops.
First the kicks and snares and then the funky synths and bass line. The UK duo mentioned that they were trying to work with a Kenrick or A$AP Rocky for the track, but I couldn’t imagine it being produced any other way. Wholistically, the style and delivery of a motivational speech fits perfectly with the experimental electronic sound of Disclosure.
The UK duo announced a small hiatus after the completion of the Caracal Tour to focus on completing their third album. They recently released a new single called “Ultimatum” giving fans a little taste of what is to come, but until then I hope you enjoy this classic!
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