UK-based electronic duo Disclosure dug up a stunning vocal sample from Malian folk singing goddess Fatoumata Diawara to deliver a stunning 5-minute long jazzy electronic single titled "Ultimatum." Provide your ears with an early Christmas present by hitting play immediately below:
Oh man, I don't even know where to begin with this one. Fatoumata Diawara is one of my favorite folk singers out there. Her stunningly beautiful vocal delivery, intricate instrument play, and just overall composure make her one of the most earnest singer-songwriters to see perform live. Her emotion-filled lyrics sang through the Mali ancestral language of Wassoulou is, to put it short, MESMERIZING ON EVERY LEVEL. As you can tell, I'm a big fan and to see the boys of Disclosure share that same musical fanship for her makes me really excited. The always talented Lawrence brothers really knocked it out of the park with this one. The track lays down an effortlessly smooth rhythm, some light kicks, funk dripping synth work, a delightful jazzy key solo and it really brings everything together with a wonderful vocal sample (some appropriate use of light vocal distortion in various parts) from the now French-based singer Fatoumata. "Ultimatum" is everything Herbie Hancock, as it is an electronic Oscar Peterson and even more so, it's the modern sound coming from a continuously evolving Disclosure. This is the first new song we've seen from the duo since the release of their 2016 Moog for Love EP. This new single really has us excited to see what's in store for the rest of 2018 from Disclosure.
Check out some of Fatoumata Diawara's music below:
Also, for kicks, I looked back at the very first time we covered Disclosure for reference in how their work has progressed. Here's a playlist we made back in 2011 featuring a Purity Ring remix from their track "I Love... That You Know." Check it out below: