Ten years since his debut on Hospital Records, Wilkinson has gone on to stamp his name as one of the Titans in the Drum & Bass folklore. An envious back catalogue and a tour calendar that circles throughout the year, he is one of the most successful stars in dance music.
Hailing from the southwest of England, Wilkinson’s first encounter with music came when joined a few bands in his early teenage years. He soon got introduced to electronic music at the age of 14. Wilkinson then turned his bedroom into a studio before securing himself a proper set-up years later.
After honing his skills, he sent a few tunes to Hospital Records via Cyantific. This led to his first piece of music being released on the label’s ‘Sick Music’ compilation series. Witnessing the talent on offer, RAM Records boss Andy C was quick to tie him with the label on an exclusive deal.
Since then, Wilkinson has released two mammoth solo albums in the form of ‘Lazers Not Included‘ in 2013 and ‘Hypnotic’ in 2017 on RAM Records, followed by a collaborative album called ‘Portals’ with Sub Focus in 2020. ‘Portals’ still stands as one of the best Drum & Bass albums released in recent times.
His album ‘Lazers Not Included’ hit number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart in 10 countries. ‘Afterglow’, his seminal hit became a top 5 hit on the UK Chart, selling 300,000 copies, with 20 million YouTube views. Along with the albums and countless EPs, Wilkinson has a yearly tour schedule at some of the biggest festivals in the world.
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After releasing tunes like ‘Frontline’ and ‘If You Want It’, Wilkinson dropped the news of his album late last year. He then went on to release ‘Close Your Eyes’ featuring iiola from the album. After 5 months of waiting, his third studio album ‘Cognition’ is out, and it’s safe to say that we are HYPED!
The 13-track album begins with the hard-edged roller titled ‘Keep Dancing’, featuring famed composer Amber Van Day. It then moves on to ‘Here For You’ with Becky Hill, who he previously collaborated with on ‘Afterglow. Potential track of the year already!
Next up is a thumping remix of Solardo, and Eli Brown’s 2019 hit ‘XTC’, followed by ‘If You Want It’, which features chopped-up vocal samples of Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’. Late contender for Drum & Bass tracks from last year, ‘Used To This’, comes next. Fifth up is ‘Release Valve’, which sees Wilkinson take his sonic abilities to the next level.
What follows is a string of heavyweight collaborations with the likes of Kanine, Pola & Bryson, iiola, Amber Van Day again, SHELLS, and Sharleen Hector. ‘Cognition’ is a solid 9/10 album and exhibits Wilkinson’s wizardry with festival and emotional Drum & Bass alike.