British electronic duo Disclsoure returned last month with two tracks, “Bang That” and “Holding On.” Now they’ve announced Caracel, the follow-up to their groundbreaking 2013 debut Settle. It drops on Sept. 25 and will feature Gregory Porter, Nao, Lion Babe, and Kwabs. That’s a roster that conspicuously omits Azealia Banks, who fueded with Disclosure last year—but if the list of collaborators seems paltry, remember that brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence featured Sam Smith on “Latch,” a track that proved crucial for the now-star.
Howard Lawrence explained the album’s title in a statement: “A caracal is an incredible wild cat that I became fascinated with while on tour last year. I just love the way they look, their physical capabilities and their anonymity.”
Disclosure has stayed relatively quiet since Settle. In early 2014 they released a remix of “F For You” featuring Mary J. Blige, and later contributed production to the R&B singer’s album The London Sessions. But the Lawrences have continued to write and perform in the interim. “We’re always writing. We’ve been writing as well for the last few months. We don’t really know what we’re writing for, we’re just writing music,” Howard told Radio.com last spring. “Some of it might it onto the record, some of it might not.”
Before releasing new songs last month, Disclosure had most recently been in the news in January when a woman named Katie Farrah Sopher sued the group and their collaborator AlunaGeorge for using lyrics from a notebook she said had been “stolen by a ‘violent’ ex-boyfriend” and distributed among the music industry without her consent. Disclosure denied the claim, writing on Facebook that they’d “much rather be working on more music than commenting on these types of things,” but that “Album 2 is niiiiicely underway!” Looks like they were telling the truth.
Disclosure also announced a Sept. 29 show at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports arena and an Oct. 24 gig at Madison Square Garden. Check out Caracal‘s album artwork and trailer below.