Approaching Wrongbar on Friday night, you could tell from far away that something good was happening inside. UK’s Disclosure were in town with support from Halifax’s Ryan Hemsworth. While the show wasn’t sold out earlier in the day, the long line outside indicated the bar was indeed at capacity – tickets only. Those turned away at the door missed an impressive set from some fresh, new talent.
We didn’t catch all of Ryan Hemsworth’s set, but the music he did play was right in the sweet spot between hip hop and current electronica – touches of future garage and dubstep. Hemsworth turned the set more towards r’n’b and hip hop by the end dropping that remix of Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’ that we enjoyed so much at last week’s SBTRKT show.
Close to 1am, the duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known as Disclosure took the stage. We weren’t sure what to expect their live set-up to be. Were they DJing? Their mix for Fact Magazine was in heavy rotation in the spring. No. Instead, the brothers had a fairly elaborate stage full of synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers. ‘Control’, from their summer EP ‘The Face’ got things off to a rousing start. By the time, the bass dropped to start their third track, the crowd showed they were they for the music – and not just as an excuse to sport a Halloween costume.
They announced to the crowd that this show represented their very first time in Canada. The response back hopefully indicated this will be the first of many shows – as the opening vocal line of ‘Boiling’ took over and the crowd lost it – singing the chorus at the top of their lungs. We heard every track that Disclosure has released so far – including ‘What’s in Your Head’ and their dope remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Running’.
But what was most exciting was the great new material we heard in between. Their hour-long set showed the diversity of their sound – most of the new tracks sound a little different than some of their earlier releases in 2012 (read: house-ier). If their most recent track, set closer Latch’, is any indication, 2013 looks promising for the Lawrence bros. We can’t wait for their full length album. And this time, when they come back, don’t sleep on tickets, although we imagine the online buzz would ensure you wouldn’t.