ENiGMA Dubz – Haven
This track from a respected UK producer ENiGMA Dubz is not exactly downtempo, but it fits the mood of this selection perfectly. James Vine, aka ENiGMA Dubz
, has been making electronic music for more than a decade, earning support from such big names as Laidback Luke and Chase & Status. Haven
is his first venture into the world of breakbeat. It's a highly atmospheric track, bringing to mind Bicep's excellent latest album. It's perfect for listening to on long walks, lonely train rides and after sleepless nights of raving.James Vine
Breakbeat is a genre that has continued to rumble away in the underground over the years, but there's no doubt it's at the forefront of electronic music at the moment. 'Haven' is my first exploration into this world, with a powerful yet often blissful sound that fits perfectly into the ENiGMA Dubz universe, so it felt very natural delving into this vibe.
With this track I wanted it to be driven, yet also chilled too, something that can be enjoyed on a system, on a home setup or on the move.
I love artists like Bicep, Moderat and Bonobo's recent venture into that sound - with elements of electronica and world music. As always, I wanted to have a present bottom end in the track but this time it's more progressive, taking you on a journey and adding subtle elements along the way. The pads and atmosphere layers are the kind of style I'd go for when producing other vibsey music like my future garage style, or downtempo, but this time the breakbeat percussion adds an extra layer of energy and grittiness, which I really love.
It was important to me to have some kind of classic sampled style breaks in the percussion, with a slight vocal cut running throughout, giving it a retro kind of feel, yet the counteracting floating layers of more world inspired sounds that totally transform it into something more current.
This one is a real melodic trip and I thoroughly enjoyed writing in this style. I hope you dig it too!"