Settle [Bonus Tracks]

Settle [Bonus Tracks]

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Settle [Bonus Tracks]

Cunning if not particularly novel synthesists, Surrey's Guy and Howard Lawrence draw from several styles and sub-styles of dance music -- house, garage, dubstep, bass -- and add pop appeal on Settle, their first album. The Lawrences began humbly with MySpace uploads of scruffy, sampling-enhanced dubstep tracks, but they quickly accelerated to making lustrous, impeccably assembled tracks with varied vocalists. Between October 2012 and April 2013, the duo released a trio of singles that fared no worse than number 11 on the U.K. pop chart: the soaring shuffle-tech of "Latch" (with a bursting, almost overdone lead from Sam Smith), the undeniable crossover house track "White Noise" (a perfectly timed partnership with upcoming duo AlunaGeorge), and the rush-inducing so-called future garage of "You & Me" (featuring Eliza Doolittle, something of a sequel to their fine remix of Jessie Ware's "Running"). Those hits appear here. Without them, the album would still be generous. Few tracks, however, will appease those who bemoaned the duo's departure from relying on sampled and treated vocals. The sluggish "Second Chance," where a downcast Kelis line dissolves into mush, and the rattling "Grab Her!" -- its refrain pinched from Slum Village -- are no match for past sample-heavy delights like "Carnival," "Flow," or "What's in Your Head." The new vocal cuts are either near the level of the hits or are merely pleasant. Howard Lawrence's lead turn on "F for You" approaches the sweetness of Scritti Politti's Green Gartside. Teenaged Sasha Keable sounds wise beyond her years on "Voices," one of the album's deeper house tracks ("I tried to dismiss what you taught me"). London Grammar's Hannah Reid has the unenviable task of following Doolittle, Jamie Woon, and Jessie Ware but delivers one of the most heartrending leads on "Help Me Lose My Mind." Like the closing songs on the first three Basement Jaxx albums, the song initially comes across as an insignificant finale but gradually bubbles to the top as a discreet highlight. Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013's acceptable dance album. That said, any purist who denies its pleasures is a crank. [The disc was also released with two bonus tracks, "Together" and a different version of "F for You."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537799381
catalogNumber: 002056802
Rank: 58281

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Disclosure   Primary Artist
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Eliza Doolittle   Vocals
Jamie Woon   Vocals
Ed Macfarlane   Vocals
Sam Smith   Vocals
Jessie Ware   Vocals
AlunaGeorge   Vocals
Sasha Keable   Vocals
Howard Lawrence   Vocals

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Slum Village   Composer,Sample Source
Kelis   Sample Source
Eric Thomas   Composer,Sample Source
Young RJ   Producer
Jamie Woon   Composer
Ed Macfarlane   Composer
Samuel Smith   Composer
Lianne La Havas   Vocal Samples
Sam Smith   Composer
Disclosure   Producer,Re-produced,Instrumentation,Performance Assistant
James Napier   Composer
Jessie Ware   Composer
Kelis Rogers   Composer
Eliza Caird   Composer
Aluna Francis   Composer
Sasha Keable   Composer
Hannah Reid   Composer
Howard Lawrence   Composer
Guy Lawrence   Composer

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