It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Sub Focus, but in the span of a month, he’s dropped two new singles and now a music video, for his track “Love Divine.” Featuring a less-than-linear method of storytelling, the video is more a piece of eye candy to go along with the track than anything else.
The video depicts various landscapes across the world, edited with some trippy visual effects. Visually, the video is similar to that of “Tidal Wave” from his album Torus in 2013. Though with “Love Divine,” there is little to no human involvement throughout the video, focusing instead on the play of colors with natural geography.
Hey Nick, great to speak with you. It’s been three years since Torus. What have you been up to since then?
Alongside a lot of touring I’ve been spending time designing my new studio space in London and been readying a whole batch of new music.
You’ve just dropped two brand new singles, “Nobody Knows” and “Love Divine.” Tell me a little bit about the inspiration behind these tracks.
I’ve just started releasing a series of more club-focused tunes and for the first few I’ve been revisiting some of the sounds I first heard growing up in London in the 90’s: Jungle, Speed Garage, Old Skool rave music basically. I love researching the history of sounds in music so it’s been fun looking into all the old samples and techniques people used back then and getting inspired by that.
How much input did you have in the video for “Love Divine”?
Quite a bit, I normally have input into the concepts for my videos but as the director Chloe Hayward is a friend it allowed me to get more involved than usual. We sat together through some of the edit and sketched things out. She is massively talented, I’m really happy with the way it came out.
Without giving too much away, there will be more music coming out after these two singles, correct?
Yeah for sure, this is just the beginning of a series of releases from me with my album to follow next year.
Where do you see the Sub Focus sound heading as we move into 2017?
Well it doesn’t all sound like these first two tracks, the album is sounding quite different, more of a mix of multiple influences. I’ve been working with some really some hot guest vocalists of late too but I don’t want to give too much away till next year when the music is dropping.
What other producers are really impressing you right now?
In the last couple of years I’ve been really impressed by guys like Mura Masa, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins to name a few. In terms of recent stuff from the US, I’ve been really feeling Joyryde lately especially tracks like Hot Drum.
Is there a chance fans might see you on tour next year? Maybe in the US?
For sure! I’ve recently confirmed some festival dates in the US next summer and will be looking to do more extensive touring when my album is nearing completion.