Verche – Paradigm Shift / Devil’s Ground (System Recordings)

It’s been a busy month for System Recordings who have delivered some of their best progressive house releases to start the second quarter of 2014. Antrim’s ‘Rita’ which was released earlier this month was a resounding success and still sits in the Beatport top 50 at the time of this writing. One of the driving forces behind System’s resurgence into the progressive house underground has undoubtedly been Verche. The Croatian producer has been a long time favourite of mine and in addition to being part of the labels A&R team he has also appeared on the storied US imprint 25 times. This week sees the release of his new double A-side release ‘Paradigm Shift / Devil’s Ground’.

It’s a rare thing when you see legitimate support from John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and Hernan Cattaneo on the same release but that’s exactly what Verche’s new EP has achieved. It’s a great thing to see that such recognizable figures are seeing the brilliance in Verche’s music. He’s a producer that wholeheartedly deserves the attention and ‘Paradigm Shift’ is one of his dreamiest creations to date. The Verche sound always seems to be evolving from release to release. The irresistible textures take on new character and the otherworldly atmospheres always seem to reach new heights. ‘Paradigm’s Shift’ is just another amazing extension of the Croatian’s far reaching sound. It’s rare to find such charming beauty in electronic music these days but this production has that and much more. The companion piece ‘Devil’s Ground’ is a slightly moodier production and it offsets the shimmering beauty of ‘Paradigm Shift’ rather nicely. Grinding lines combined with flickering electronic clusters and clattering drums give the piece an enormous presence. The brooding nature of the track seems to be constantly building and with moments of inner beauty the goosebump moments are plentiful. It rounds out what is one of Verche’s best two trackers to date and one of System’s best releases of the year.

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