Latin Grammys 2018

Sub Focus and Wilkinson See a Bright Future for D'n'B on 'Take it Up': Listen

Justin Desouza
Wilkinson & Sub Focus

​Drum'n'bass has been a beloved staple of underground dance since the '90s, and it's continued to bubble under the surface of the bass behemoths dubstep and trap, but it's time for it return to center stage.

Sub Focus is a monster in the studio, and he's exploring new creative processes in 2018 by welcoming other producers and creative thinkers into his world. He recently released a collaboration with Rudimental and Chronixx, and today, he seeks a brighter future for drum'n'bass rhythms with his buddy Wilkinson on the effervescent "Take It Up."

"It’s really interesting for me to see other people's creative processes, and it feels a lot more vibey than working on your own all the time," Sub Focus says in an emailed statement. "I’ve even done a lot of stuff with friends who don’t produce as a way of getting back to the fun of the creative process. I’ve been a fan of Mark's work for years, and it seemed like a natural progression having got to know each other whilst touring over the years."

The friends came up together in the same London scene. Both have dropped releases on Ram Records and are signed to Virgin EMI. They've shared stages around the world, including a recent tour in Australia and New Zealand. They actually started writing "Take It Up" as they flew back to the UK from that tour at the start of the year. Both artists felt the collab was a long time coming, and the wait was worth it.

"I liked the idea of the concept of the lyric being about trying to take a scene up to new heights," Sub Focus continues. "Sometimes I feel like electronic music, particularly D'n'B, doesn’t get the recognition it deserves compared to other genres, despite being one of the most technically accomplished. As producers of the style, it’s all of our jobs to take it further."

"Take It Up" is a proper heater. It's empowering and uplifting, and it will definitely shake the ceiling. It's out everywhere now on Ram Records. Listen to it below.

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