Sub Focus looks to the heavens with cosmic two-track release
Modern drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Sub Focus returns to low-end-gushing form with his latest, a double A-side single that gives newcomers to the genre a worthy welcome while still satisfying the headbanging tendencies of the UK producer’s longtime fans.
“Solar System” is the quintessential space track, and a great set opener at that, first walking its listeners to the launch site before penetrating synths slice the sky open wide and they’re catapulted through the atmosphere into Sub Focus’s low-grav d’n’b nether. Once breaking through, however, “Solar System” simply cranks, fusing equal parts melody and kinetic bass for a 174 bpm single that can stand with the genre’s best.
Following “Solar System” is second single “Siren,” dripping with low-end filth. While “Solar System” invites fans to ascend to the skies, “Siren” straight-up pushes them in the mud. The second single doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, but instead sticks to its strengths—tearing its way to the heart of avid bass lovers.
Sub Focus is in the midst of a gargantuan summer-long tour, having already made stops at EDC Las Vegas, NEVERSEA and Glastonbury. The drum ‘n’ bass laureate is next scheduled to play a back-to-back set with Wilkinson at UNTOLD.