Sub Focus + MC ID and Billon – Review
Saturday 8th February 2014
Bringing his eclectic mix of influences from 80s synth, the Chemical Brothers, to futuristic house and techno, Sub Focus had Concorde 2 starry eyed on Saturday night.
Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus has been one of the major players in the drum & bass scene since 2003, when he was signed to Ram Records and Andy C started playing the Sub Focus track ‘Strobe’ in his own sets. Since then Sub Focus has demonstrated along with fellow British chart-topping producers Rudimental that dnb can successfully mix with other genres to create the experimental ‘anything goes’ attitude which defines dance music today.
Support act Billon were definitely worth getting there early for. A London based duo, they have had the support of Skream on BBC Radio 1, and are notching up a few impressive remixes including Route 94-‘My Love’ feat. Jess Glynne. Billon’s gritty pop beats transitioned seamlessly into Sub Focus’s electric, upbeat set.
Sub Focus’s own tunes soared out of his mixes like shooting stars, creating a euphoric inter-galactic sound which defines his latest album Torus (released September 2013) and single ‘Turn Back Time’ and is also reflected in the beautiful artwork for his recent material.
Sub Focus put on the kind of night that you stumble out of, grinning from ear to ear, with slightly wobbly legs from hours of joyful dancing. No gimmicks, no genre politics, just pure unadulterated, crowd-pleasing dance music. I mean crowd-pleasing in the sense that there is something for everyone, old and current, not in the sense that any integrity is lost.
One happy customer Marcus Bowen, 27, from Three Bridges said afterwards:
“Only Sub Focus can bridge two popular but entirely different electro sub-genres with such marvellous success!”
Sub Focus is playing a string of international venues over the Summer.