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Disclosure, Iamsu!: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

Disclosure

Dance floors are complex communal spaces – we’re all feeling different feelings out there – and that requires great dance music to capture a sense of euphoria, melancholy, togetherness, loneliness, love and desire, sometimes all at once. Disclosure seems shrewdly aware of these demands on “Settle,” a shimmering debut on which the young British duo rifles through a deep bag of British subgenres – balkanized styles that all descend house music – and stack the gleanings into an emotive, towering pop album.

Iamsu!

When he first came bouncing out of California, this 23-year-old didn’t rap with enough tenacity to warrant the punctuation mark at the end of this stage name. That changes with “Kilt II,” a new mixtape where Iamsu! asserts his poise alongside Bay Area forebears Keak Da Sneak and Mistah F.A.B. Both underground rap heroes make cameos deep in the tracklist, long after their heir has earned his exclamation point.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about the best recordings and lyrics of 2015.
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