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Torus is the second studio album by British DJ and record producer Sub Focus. The album was released on 30 September 2013, through RAM Records, Mercury Records and Virgin EMI Records.

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Studio album by
Released30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
Sub Focus chronology
Sub Focus
Singles from Torus
  1. "Falling Down"
    Released: 1 January 2012
  2. "Out the Blue"
    Released: 12 April 2012
  3. "Tidal Wave"
    Released: 4 November 2012
  4. "Endorphins"
    Released: 12 May 2013
  5. "Turn It Around"
    Released: 22 September 2013
  6. "Turn Back Time"
    Released: 22 December 2013
  7. "Close"
    Released: 21 April 2014


Musical concept and songsEdit

Torus is the geometric name for the shape in Sub Focus' logo. It was originally used on his debut album cover and the shape has played a big part in his live shows as well as in promotion and artwork. The title track was written as an intro to Douwma's live sets, in preparation for a Brixton performance in 2012. He wanted to start his sets with a low tempo and gradually speed up.[1]

"Safe in Sound" was one of the earliest tracks to be completed and was written with Seton Daunt and later given the Mary O'Hara sample.

"Endorphins" originally had a female vocalist, and was given to several artists but in the end Alex Clare visited Nick's studio to record what would be the final version of the track.

"Twilight" was written as an ambient contrast to the club-orientated songs on the album, as Douwma viewed the album as a journey and wanted constant progression.

The synth hook on "Falling Down" was originally intended for the Chase & Status and Takura collaboration "Flashing Lights", but did not fit the song so was re-used as a starting point for the new song. While the track was being finished, Skrillex coincidentally visited the studios to meet Caspa and Douwma showed him the track. Skrillex enjoyed it and decided to release it alongside remixes on Owsla.

"Turn Back Time" was one of the last songs to be finished on the album. At the time, he was experimenting with 90's rave samples, and the song originally used a sample but was re-recorded.

"You Make It Better" was also one of the final songs to be finished on the album. At the time, it was just a loop, and Culture Shock had a lot of ideas to develop it. They wanted a hook for the breakdown of the song, so TC recorded vocals for it.

The vocals on "Tidal Wave" were originally on another Sub Focus demo but instead got used on the "Tidal Wave" instrumental.

"Until the End" was inspired by the Drive soundtrack and was written as a concluding track for the album.

Track listingEdit

Standard edition[2]
1."Torus"Nick Douwma5:52
2."Safe in Sound"
3."Endorphins" (featuring Alex Clare)3:55
4."Out the Blue" (featuring Alice Gold)4:38
6."Close" (featuring MNEK)5:09
7."Turn It Around" (featuring Kele)
8."Out of Reach" (featuring JayEllDee)
  • Douwma
  • Daunt
  • Tendayi
  • Jenna Dickens
9."Falling Down" (featuring Kenzie May)
10."Turn Back Time"
11."You Make It Better" (featuring Culture Shock and TC)5:58
12."Tidal Wave" (featuring Alpines)3:49
13."Until the End" (featuring Foxes)
Total length:58:42


  • "Safe in Sound" features uncredited vocals from Julian Bunetta.
  • "Twilight" features uncredited vocals from Teemu Brunila.
  • "Turn Back Time" features uncredited vocals from Yolanda Quartey.

Sample credits


Additional musicians


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 180
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 11
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[10] 1

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format
Various 30 September 2013


  1. ^ Eddy Temple-Morris (4 October 2013). "Sub Focus on Torus". XFM.
  2. ^ "Exclusive: Sub Focus reveals 'Torus' tracklist". Mixmag. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Torus (Deluxe Version) by Sub Focus". iTunes. 30 September 2013.
  4. ^ "RAMM146 Sub Focus - Torus on RAM Records". RAM Records. 30 September 2013.
  5. ^ "The Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident - Charles Halt full audio tape (pt. 2)". YouTube.
  6. ^ "Sub Focus's Safe in Sound sample of Mary O'Hara's Oro Mo Bhaidin". WhoSampled. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Turn Back Time". Juno Records.
  8. ^ " – Sub Focus – Torus" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2019.