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UK duo Disclosure catches ears outside of the club

As huge as electronic dance music is these days, there remains a significant number of music fans out there who don’t understand its appeal. It’s a reasonable hesitation; even at its best, it can sometimes feel a bit anodyne and inorganic to the unaccustomed ear. But with a group like the UK duo Disclosure, who play a sold-out show at the Sinclair on Monday, there’s just no excuse not to be pulled in.

The duo of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have released just a handful of singles and EPs in the few short years since they burst out of Croydon, a longtime dance music hub in South London. Among them was last year’s “Latch,” arguably one of the most soulful and emotional tracks of the year, genre notwithstanding. Much of the credit goes to singer Sam Smith, who imbued the brothers’ update of UK garage and 2-step with an effortlessly romantic vocal. But the other star is the duo’s production work on the track, as subtle and leaned-back as necessary to let the human drama do the heavy lifting. It’s a smart bit of restraint from such young producers (Guy is 21, Howard 18), who might be tempted to overwhelm with a show-offy bag of tricks.

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