Wild Life began small, but it has the potential to be very big indeed. The festival, co-curated by Rudimental and Disclosure, found the Lawrence brothers stealing the show by closing proceedings and simultaneously smashing a hole in the internet by announcing their new album ‘Caracal’, which is set to arrive this autumn.
Disclosure turned up in Brighton with a set that amalgamated ‘Settle’ cuts and their highly anticipated new material, combining the now de rigueur guest appearances with their blend of neon theatre and silhouettes.
The brothers opened up on pedestals to the familiar throes of White Noise and, with the sun beaming down, the assembled crowd was putty in their hands. The visuals were familiar, while the duo’s tendency to flit between an array of instruments highlighted the technical depth of their work as producers.
The stage was also set for ‘Caracal’ to make its first waves, though. Throughout a 90 minute set the pair dipped into album two, with Jaded, Willing and Able, Super Ego and Hourglass all winning positive receptions and reiterating Disclosure’s melodic deep house sensibilities.
Jaded is voiced beautifully by Howard, using a soft drum breakdown prior to the expected melodic chorus, while the Nao-starring Super Ego delivers a sense of tranquillity via the use of delicate synths. Hourglass features Lion Babe and might just be the song to define ‘Caracal’. With an up-tempo beat, fascinating synth shifts and teasing drops, it’s proof that the Disclosure formula works.
Elsewhere, Rudimental brought the house down on Saturday night with a mix of old and new, George Ezra had everyone singing, Mark Ronson had everyone dancing, while Nas and Wu-Tang Clan brought the sound of raw ‘90s hip hop to Brighton airport. Annie Mac, Maya Jane Coles, Gorgon City, Seth Troxler and Jamie XX delivered in fine style. Despite one or two transport problems on the Saturday night, Wild Life was a huge success. Expect to see it again.