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The Eighth Enigma Is In The Works

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Enigma mastermind Michael Cretu reports on social media that he is making good progress with what will be the eighth album by the new age/worldbeat project, which has sold 40 million records worldwide.

The Romanian-born studio wizard posted a Facebook note earlier this month to say that he had recorded the first guest vocalist for the album, inviting fans to guess who it might be. A wide range of responses suggested everyone from Sam Smith to John Foxx.

In March, Cretu announced that the next Enigma album was up and running at last. “After more than a year of testing and experimenting, I finally started recording Enigma8,” he wrote.

“It is a satisfying and exciting journey, for which I will work towards perfection. This will time though — probably a good year, but the good news is: I will keep you posted.” In May, he added on Twitter: “If song No. 4 will be as good as the three titles before, I’ll be really excited.”

MCMXC EnigmaIt’s already seven years since the release of the last Enigma project, ‘Seven Lives Many Faces,’ which topped Billboard’s New Age chart and hit the top 20 in Germany and Switzerland. The end of this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the group’s first album, ‘MCMXC a.D.,’ which sold in its millions worldwide and included several hit singles including the massive ‘Sadeness (Part 1),’ a No. 1 hit in some 24 countries.

The excited response to Cretu’s updates about the next Enigma album confirm that although it may be 2016 before it emerges, there will be no shortage of interest. “While I was working on E7, I discovered new ways of creating my music,” he says. “There are still a few Enigma albums waiting to be released. And I have formed the habit of simply letting some things happen, in life as well as in my music.”

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. phillyserb

    July 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    If Sadeness was #1 in 24 countries, that shows the way Enigma’s style should go. Im afraid the style will change and that’s not gonna be Enigma anymore. At least the Enigma i like. So PLEASE keep your style that everyone can recognize.

    • Andrés Ramela

      March 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      The style that has Enigma is notoriously recognizable to all who follow this band has always. It happens that Cretu uses a simplicity and attention to detail in his works that only seasoned ear can recognize. It is my humble opinion. Best regards.

  2. brandon. sampract lll

    July 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    The principle. Of lust ‘i do remember. Have to get both.

  3. rick

    July 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I agree.. Enigma should keep its essence… that was what made the 1st album so successful because it was way different than the rest.. .the recipe should be the same and keep what characterizes Enigma from the rest…

  4. mvfx

    July 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    yap…Enigma’s style should go. the style will change and that’s not gonna be Enigma anymore.

  5. dakota

    July 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    My fav songs from Enigma are , sadness , Callas Went away, The voice and the snake , Return to innocence. The eyes of truth , the dream of dolphin , out from the deep. The cross of changes. I love you.,I’ll.kill you, The child in us. , Morphing through time., T.N.T for the brain. Beyond the.invisible., Dreaming of Andromeda , Dancing with Mephisto., Hello and Welcome. goodbye milky way. Gravity.of.love. push the limits. Prism of life. between mind amd heart silence.must be heard ams so many.more!! Can’t wait for Enigma”s new album!!

  6. Donna

    July 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I play your music every day for quite awhile. You are so origianal, nobody has been been come to your level of this great music. Donna

  7. Paul Anthony

    July 23, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    there is something about your music connect ppl with space so far away,all songs are my fav.cant wait for new release of E7.

  8. SoundCell

    July 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    That special Enigma Sound is still amazing…. even today. It opens my heart again and again. Cretu – Go on !! 🙂

  9. lui

    August 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Maybe sandra again vocal? I hope…

  10. Dan

    September 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Looks like I’m in the minority that wants to hear the MC do german umpha music 🙁

  11. Jennyal obeidani

    September 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I love everything about Enigma..
    Everytime i listened to Enigma’s music…it makes me feel calm and i really love Enigma’s unique sound.

  12. Dustin

    September 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I’m very excited!

  13. Loris

    September 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Brilliant news! Enigma is the greatest!

  14. manish bahore

    September 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Great i am waiting for E8 Album.

  15. Enigma fan

    September 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Exciting news! Eagerly waiting to get my hands (ears) on it!
    BTW, you know that there ARE a leaked “Enigma 8” album in the wild? It is dated 2013, Virgin Records demo version. It is finished and is a true Enigma experience. One of the best songs from it is track #2 “My love is like”. I’ve discovered this album by a (lucky) accident, and hope this new Enigma 8 is different album than the leaked one.

    • Darby

      October 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I found out that most of the songs from the leaked E8 were actually from a different new age group called Messiah Project. So, it wasn’t even Enigma.

  16. Susan Ives

    October 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Agreed! Enigma is AMAZING! a piece of my spirit and soul is magnified when I listen to it. Maintain the sensual nature, spirit of innocence and nature itself. I love the Native American feel to some of the sounds and the nature of my religion is expressed through your music. That of science and peace and many hundred years. I can’t explain what I am trying to say. All I can tell you is I love how it is and you’re a genius! Anything you put together will be perfect! I love the female vocals added too. I listen to enigma every day when I can. It brings me back to my inner soul!

  17. Enrique Tovar

    October 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

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  18. MonsierMana186

    October 4, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I think I heard almost every song he has produce. The songs he has produced was very captivating almost made you want to not feel the music, but be apart of the world he created thru his music. Hope this new album brings a modern approach without over saturated mainstream commercial tracks.

  19. Kuvalesh Prasad P

    November 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I am eagerly waiting for Enigma 8, it will be a combination of Beats with Vocals.. All The Best ENIGMA

  20. Kuvalesh Prasad P

    November 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    ENIGMA music is my life time FAVOURITE.. Enigma music is just Enigmatic.. very addictive band.. Mr.Michael Cretu you are a real creative musician..kkeep it up.. just deliver us Good music..

  21. Anne

    November 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    People need to remember that artists grow and evolve and their music changes with them. Enjoy it as it is.

    • Jan

      March 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Artists need to remember that despite their personal need to expand and change, it is best to retain the essence of the music that their fans love if any money is to be made. The personal projects can remain as such – personal.

  22. Maarten

    December 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Enigma and Curly MC music simply remains the best and is unique in may aspects, and listening to any of the Enigma albums always catapults me to another universe and sets my mind at ease in times of stress. Even after countless times and 25 years down the line, it still hasn’t lost it’s magic. Can’t w8 for 8 !
    ( Please take all the time you need to perfect the album MC, don’t let anyone push you to finish and release it earlier than that ! In Dutch we have an excellent expression for that, which freely translated means ‘Don’t disturb a nesting hen’ )

  23. Ryan

    December 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Would love Zoe Johnston or Annie Lennox on some haunting vocals! Somehow the music still doesn’t sound dated. When I listen to other music from my high school days in the ’90’s, it sound like, well, the 90’s. Enigma is timeless which proof of its uniqueness.

  24. Jen

    January 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    My roommate shared their first album with me and I loved it so much that i had to go buy it. I have since purchased every album that Enigma has produced thus far. Today finding out that an 8th album is on its way…omg! I’m so excited to hear what the musical genius will present to us. Enigma has been my #1 music choice from the get go so I am hoping to hear the same style that’s been carried and loved for so many years. This is the best news …..yay 2016!!!! Long awaiting devout fan says….you de man Mr. Cretu!!!

  25. Cesar Unzueta

    January 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Ive got to agree,ive been all for enigma since i was 13,my best friends mom played it,sadeness and age of loneliness are one of my many favs ,,thats what got me into enigma,,opened a brand new world to me,,,,and noone cant ever change that,,ive also heard of schiller ,,ruhe,,and other hits,,to those who like something similar to enigma,,of course my opinion..but back to reality lets go back to the good ol times and keep them alive,,

  26. Kevin

    January 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Eagerly awaiting!… Love every album, ever incarnation….the evolution, the revolution, the institution which is 3N16M4!

  27. Gary Williams

    February 20, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Enigma great music 25 years plus and counting the music is refreshing and symbolic and haunting in parts
    Sigour Ros also on the horizon to carry on with their trade mark music

  28. Roberto S.

    February 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Go on Michael , Go on Mr.Cretu ! Don’t listen to anyone……Music and style change through times and Music can’t stay the same…..She needs to grow and develop like human beings do…..SHOW US YOUR GENIUS ….LET US DREAM AGAIN….TOUCH ALL YOUR FANS IN THE WORLD WITH YOUR SPECIAL MUSIC…..YOUR MUSIC IS ABLE TO MOVE PEOPLE …TO TURN ON PEOPLE….TO TRAVEL PEOPLE INTO A SECRET LAND….By the way I’m listening to “Secret land ( La Danza club mix ) right now……What a masterpiece !….Don’t forget all the fabulos songs you created with your infinite skills and intelligence…..I love you both……You, Michael and that GODDESS named Sandra…..MAKE US DANCE AND DREAM AGAIN……FROM ITALY WITH LOVE

  29. Stef K

    February 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I really love Enigma. It doesnt matter what is released, what we do know is that it might not be whast we expected, which makes it very exiting. All the best Mr Cretu.

  30. John Cedar Rapids Ia.

    March 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    My wife Patricia and I have been avid fans of Enigma ever since the release of their 1st album.
    We used to dance and party to them at the clubs we frequented.
    We introduced many people of all ages to their music.
    We are in our late 60’s / early 70’s now and still enjoy their albums often.
    Patricia still dances to their sound every time we play it (She’s still a party animal).
    Looking anxiously to the next album.
    John & Patricia

  31. Siddharth

    October 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Great news ! A new member in our family.Yes it is like that ,we are always around tracks of Enigma.No any comes close to Master MC ,believe me tried many to sound like him.He is just way different & enigmatic.I know many of are crazy fans so better watch it on 11.11.16

  32. Dave

    November 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Thank God Sam Smith isn’t featured on E8! That would be a definite no no for me. First listen to the tracks were OK, but now it is buzzing!

  33. wilhelm stelmaszczuk

    September 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    dla mnie muzyka enigma jest tak super fajna

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