It’s always a pleasure for us to see names returning to the world of garage music, especially with the quality levels of the scene being as high as they currently are following a substantial boom of new artists and labels over the last 18 months or so. This of course means that for returning faces to make a serious impact, they have to be up to speed and ready to jump right into the high energy sounds of the now, a feeling we are most certainly feeling about Witchdoctor, who makes his return to releasing with his first new EP since July 21.
Witchdoctor as an artist has always been a soundsmith that we found incredibly interesting, utilizing a very subtle display of nostalgic influences and colourful arrangement techniques, he always seems to hit the mark with a unique blend of creative features, a them we found running heartily throughout the centre of this new EP. He has returned to Strictly Flava in blazing form, which seems to be a common trope for any aritst that lands on the stalwart imprint, who continue to support both dazzling up and comers, alongside already established names with their seemingly never ceasing run of releases.
Jumping into the track themselves then, we open up with ‘I Remember’, a very cool A-side doused in sweeping sub reese textures, slowly expanding LFO textures, skippy drum rhythms and an overall harmonious feel, linking together quite a busy arrangement into a colourful dislay of modernized garage flavour. From here, we then check out the B-side of ‘Kaizen’, another heavily padded sonic episode, exploring a more delicate approach, with the instrumental being laced with clicky percussive elements, booming 808 bass slides and more tidy vocal work, giving us a complete showcase of Witchdoctor’s broad approach to garage music.
Both of these are absolute winners in our book, giving us the return we were looking forward to from Witchdoctor. You can check out both of the tracks from the EP via our good friends over at JunoDownload using the link below: