Ecstasy EP is out via Capitol Records

Disclosure comes out swinging with a five-track EP, Ecstasy, their first compilation release since 2018. The title of this EP is spot on given the sounds and groove of each track are full of bliss and make the listener want to sway back and forth and just let go. This essence of surrendering to the bliss of a song is one of the pillars of dance music. This release encourages listeners to be immersed in the sound haven Disclosure has set for us.

I’ve listened to this EP a couple of times already and cannot help myself from busting a move either in my car, walking around my apartment or taking a stroll down Main St. It’s full of absolute feet shuffling, head-bobbing beats paired with infectious basslines and catchy kicks.

From the incredibly round synth cuts to the hi-hats, every sound on each track perfectly fits in its own space and time and I can’t appreciate the organization of sound enough. This release immediately goes into the lineup of pre-game tracks as well as dancefloor crushers.

My favorite on the EP is “Tondo.” Starting with a short intro of drums we jump right into the guitar groove that lays the foundation for the whole track before bringing in vocal chops from the Cameroon musician, Eko Roosevelt. With the added vocals from Eko, the track takes on another layer of uniqueness giving it even more life. Listen below.

In a press release, Disclosure provided liner notes to share more with listeners about each track:

“This song came into existence early 2019 during a writing session at Guy’s house in London. We were curiously chopping up samples from various 70s disco and soul records when suddenly, ‘Fantasy’ by Aquarium Dream gave us the exact thing we were searching for. This song is made entirely to get a human being to their feet and directly to the dance floor.”

“Over the past few years, we have been exploring more and more African genres of music. This specific track samples the great Cameroonian musician Eko Roosevelt. If this track is anything, it’s fast, punchy & above all… fun..”

Expressing What Matters
“This track samples the legendary song ‘Lowdown’ by Boz Scaggs. We really wanted to try and focus in on those wonderful backing vocals that permeate through the original and give it such soul. They ended up becoming the focal point of the entire track… being chopped and skewed to their limit. The whole thing was one big audio science experiment for us.”

“The bulk of the song samples Niger-based band Etran Finatawa. With this track, we are exploring an idea…How far can we take a sound that is somewhere in the realm of house music, until it morphs into a whole new being? Colliding genres together in a mash of pulsating, repeating rhythms and tones…this is the furthest we have ever taken that idea.”

Get Close
“Years ago we wrote a song called ‘Get Close’ that never saw the light of day. We aren’t usually ones to go back to an old idea after so long, but we never got that hook out of our heads.”

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