It’s always an exciting time seeing big names return to labels across underground dance music in the UK, with every artist having their own unique story being woven in and around different imprints as they go. There is no doubt in my mind that garage music overall has been one of the UK’s biggest success stories, especially givene the wash of exciting label projects that now exist within it’s eco-system. One of the labels that has been putting in a shift to showcase and ush the sound forward in so many ways if of course Four40 Records, who across their extensive history have always given a platform to producers they know deserve it, from vibrant up and comers to established veterans alike.
Today we are going to be exploring their latest link up with one of the latter as the legendary sounds of ENiGMA Dubz, one of the UK’s most consistent and exciting production masterminds arrives in style, delivering a gorgeous display of four crafty creations, diving deep into the more soundscaped side of the garage sound. ENiGMA Dubz as an artist is the definition of versatile, with his sounds ranging from blissful lo-fi masterpieces to rave-rattling dubstep thumpers, showing that boxing him in is a very silly idea.
This EP starts off with something very special indeed as we are introduced to the “10 Years Later” version of ‘Hard To Smile’, a fabulous, harmony driven garage overhaul, revisiting the original version that we also hear on the EP, with a much more up to date sound and style to make it fit perfectly into todays emotive garage spectrum. As far as the rest of the originals go, we play witness to two fabulously designed soundscapes, kicking off with the smooth chord progressions and distant backdrop rhythms of ‘Hard To Smile’. Finally, ‘Issues’ utilizes a sweeping sense of lofi reesey textures and patois vocal overlays to round off the project with a dash of serious finesse.
You can check out the full project via our good friends over at JunoDownload using the link below: