TUBESTRIKE BEST SONGS OF 2013 #2
You & Me by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
To be totally honest, I’ve struggled with the placing of #1 and #2 in the Tuberstrike Best Songs Of 2013. It could even be a tie but that feels a bit of a cop out so I’ve just edged this into second place. Let’s just say, it’s a bloody close second.
It’s probably been quite a fulfilling year for Disclosure. Latch was released and sounded like nothing else in the charts. They followed it with White Noise which made partying sound fun again and went to number two.
Later in the year they released Settle, rightly acclaimed by lots of people as being really good. It is, that rarest of things; a consistently good dance album (consistency and good being the rare elements worthy of a mention). A collection of songs built in but not necessarily about clubbing culture. It reminds me, in spirit of Rooty by Basement Jaxx (if a little more polished).
When A Fire Starts To Burn, Latch, White Noise and Defeated No More should all have made it into the Tubestrike Best Songs Of 2013 and probably would have done if I hadn’t have been a bit conscious about making it a Disclosure love in. I’ve probably been a bit overly mean as a result but opted for my absolute favourite Disclosure release this year.
It probably shouldn’t matter but Settle happened to be made by people who were 19 and 22 at the time of its release, an amazing achievement given the production standards. There is a reason why Settle is the muso’s dance album of choice in 2013. Contextualise it’s release against the current musical climate - has dance music (EDM?!) ever presented itself as so formulaic, so souless, so dominated by so few? Yes, there is good stuff out there, probably as much as their ever has been in fact but it’s getting harder and harder to wade through the terrible sludge to get to it. That’s what made Settle even more reassuring. My love for You & Me pretty much stems from from luscious synths 1:29 into the song and subsequently repeated throughout. How nice not to battered around the head with a synth line and battered in the nads with a kick drum. Less is quite often more, kids.
You & Me is a ballad for lovers in an urban city. It’s for those who exchange ring tones not rings, who fall in love against the crackle of pirate radio stations and police sirens not string quartets. It is a last hurrah as I leave a city I love and move into it’s comfortable surroundings, the suburbs; similar to those that gave birth to Disclosure.
Taken from the album Settle.