Disclosure built a digital world in Minecraft for their new album – ABC News

Go hunting for underground clubs and hidden 8-bit versions of Disclosure hits in the wildly popular videogame.

Minecraft is a very big deal. Like, 126-million-monthly-players-big, so it’s no wonder that one of music’s most popular dance music acts is tapping into that community.

Disclosure’s Guy and Howard Lawrence have announced their very own Minecraft world to promote their guestpacked third album ENERGY.

The concept is similar to recent local examples from Woodes and her Splendour In The Minecraft collaborator Reuben Gore – fans dive in and explore the digital space – but Disclosure boasts theirs as being the “largest immersive musical activation within Minecraft.

Developed with the help of Blockworks, and designed to replicate the album cover of ENERGY from a bird’s eye view, Disclosure’s virtual world was made with over 100 million blocks and spans over 3.8 square kilometres. Take a peep below.

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The “metaverse” features mountains, rolling streams, deep caves, and forests sprawled across seven climates, intended to reflect the musical diversity of the record. And there’s some secrets to uncover in the landscape.

Players are encouraged to go virtual crate-digging to uncover 13 hidden records with 8-bit reworks of Disclosure’s biggest songs.

Three’s also three (literal) underground clubs to unlock: two inspired by iconic real-world venues (London’s Printworks and Ibiza’s DC10) and a third modelled on Guy’s kitchen, where he and Howard have been livestreaming DJ sets during quarantine.

The ENERGY Minecraft experience launches on 28 August, in line with the album, and will be live for a week. There’ll be permanent download available after that.

Head to the official website for more info on how to play.

ENERGY is the duo’s third album and first since 2015’s Caracal. It follows a string of EP releases: 2016’s Moog For Love, 2018’s Moonlight, and this past February’s five-track Ecstasy.

The record’s star-studded guestlist include slowthai, Aminé, The Internet’s Syd, Fatoumata Diawara, Channel Tres, Kelis, Eric Thomas, and more.

View an Insta carousel of the album’s guests (complete with the iconic ‘Disclosure face’) below.

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