Thursday, May 14, 2020

Veerus — System — Drumcode — DC224

‘Hypnosis’ was one of Drumcode’s most vital under-the-radar releases of
2019. Its creator, Veerus, returns to the mothership for another
top-shelf offering.

The Italian’s career is a brilliant slow burner, releasing EPs sparingly
over the course of his 14-year career. There’s a narrative quality too
each track too, the artist reveling in a drama-laden call-and-response
dynamic. All three cuts from his latest ‘System’ EP are made for big
moments. The title track was created with Amsterdam’s holy rave cauldron
the Gashouder in mind, and was completed by Veerus just a few days
before ADE last year. Balancing on a knife’s edge between tension and
euphoria, the track’s twisted synth lines sent an energy surge through
the iconic venue. ‘Year’ is a deadly one-two combo of synapse-searing
synths and sharp drums as jagged waves of sound throb with panoramic
effect. It was a captivating highlight of Beyer’s set at Amnesia in
Milan in February, the final session before the lockdown. ‘Pyramid’ was
debuted at Beyer’s Cercle performance last September, sound tracking a
blissful post-sunset moment at the Théâtre antique de Lugdunum in Lyon.

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