Sub Focus and Wilkinson Open Up a Whole New World with ‘Portals’

Sub Focus and Wilkinson

Two of the most prolific producers in drum and bass, Sub Focus and Wilkinson, join forces for their latest collaborative effort, Portals, that features plenty of tasty tunes.

Sub Focus and Wilkinson have gone above and beyond during the past eighteen months to remind you exactly where they belong: amongst drum and bass royalty. Right before COVID-19 shuttered the live events industry, the two artists achieved massive milestones in their careers, racking up over a billion streams between them and selling out shows at iconic venues like Brixton Academy and Printworks. The culmination of their relentless efforts has come to fruition through their newest album Portals.

Portals is a phenomenal success from Sub Focus and Wilkinson top to bottom and is sure to catapult them into the upper echelon of drum and bass greatness, if it wasn’t apparent already with previously released single “Air I Breathe.” This show-stopping album ropes us in from the very start with the first new track, “Enter Night.” It’s a massive, festival-ready weapon featuring the incredible Cameron Hays on vocals, along with a mystifying piano hook that we can’t get enough of.

Emerging singer-songwriter Empara Mi places her perfectly polished vocals throughout the anthemic banger “Freedom.” And, just last week, the thunderous monster “Turn The Lights Off,” landed a hard-hitting smash in their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix as some of Sub Focus and Wilkinson’s heaviest work yet. Leaving her glistening mark on the album is singer-songwriter Pawws. Her feature on “Ray of Sun” offers an uplifting take on some classic, feel-good drum and bass pointed by a glittering synth lead and her welcoming vocals. 

Portals‘ eighth track “Alone” is Sub Focus and Wilkinson at their very best. An entrancing vocal intro featuring iiola reveals this iconic duo’s mastery of blending in different styles, making for a truly eye-opening and euphoric moment alongside the magic of the album. “Time” takes us on a heavenly journey through the cosmos, as the pace of Portals takes a slight downturn before landing back on Earth for a bliss-inducing drop. This track is a prime example of the dynamic range these two producers can achieve and solidifies their production mastery among the greatest to ever do it. 

Portals‘ final two tracks signal a salute to the days of drum and bass past. “Stratus” is an ethereal, break-beat inspired journey into the great beyond. An instant classic, this song brings together well-polished orchestral strings that give way to a bouncing and powerful kick-snare rhythm that is genuinely awe-inspiring.

As we prepare to exit the portal, Sub Focus and Wilkinson’s finale “In Bloom” satiates even the most seasoned drum and bass die-hard’s appetite for excellence. The song is a high-energy throwback vibe that maintains razor-sharp precision throughout. The duo has reminded us why we have come to love them some much over the years while showing us a brand new side to their productions. 

We cant wait to catch the show live as soon as it’s safe to do so. For now, download or stream Portals and let us know which tracks are your favorite in the comments below! The album is available digitally, on CD, and an exclusive double vinyl LP.

Stream Sub Focus and Wilkinson – Portals on Spotify:

Sub Focus and Wilkinson – Portals – Tracklist:

  1. Air I Breathe
  2. Enter Night
  3. Illuminate
  4. Freedom
  5. Turn The Lights Off
  6. Just Hold On
  7. Ray Of Sun
  8. Alone
  9. Time
  10. Stratus
  11. In Bloom
Sub Focus & Wilkinson Portals

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It was a decade ago that Logan Garrison, better known as DJ Lo_G, first took the stage to spin sets for crowds in the snowy towns of Lake Tahoe and Aspen. Originally spinning sounds in the realm of glitch and bass music, he began to develop a passion for all things house as he returned to his hometown and hasn’t looked back since. Over the years, DJ Lo_G has become a fixture in the Aspen nightlife scene as he has found a home at Belly Up and regularly warms up the stage for some of dance music’s biggest artists like The Chainsmokers, Chris Lake, Slow Magic, Nora En Pure, and most recently ZHU. Joining the EDM Identity team back in 2018, he’s dug even deeper into dance music and the festival scene. Whether he’s covering events like Mysteryland and shows in Aspen, interviewing artists like Hannah Wants, and reviewing fresh releases, his passion for the entire community shines throughout.

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