SONUS DISCIS
Verico - Numiris

Label: Amphia - AMP005
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: Romania
Released: 25 Nov 2013
Style: Minimal Techno

Verico - Numiris

Discogs

The fifth release on the Romanian label Amphia, which started out in 2011, its inception being orchestrated Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia, is signed by the two co-founders and Raresh, who is rather scarce on the release end, so you can imagine the hype this generated last year when it was released, and it does live up to expectations.

The A side "Huguk" starts off on a very threatening tone, "electro" is the word that comes to mind and it's almost ominous in nature. The drum programming and percussion elements evoke Ricardo, though it isn't quite there yet. Nevertheless it is extremely well put together.

Even though the chassis of the track pretty much remains the same throughout its 12 minutes, the beauty lies in the small details that make their way through the main elements and the shifts of harmony. That dark, ominous feeling is brushed aside at the 3rd minute mark, making room for a beautifully crafted melody, which wanders dreamingly for a couple of minutes before leaving for good. After that the darkness resumes, and the harmony shifts towards a more faustian note. It does seem devilish, as far-fetched as that may sound, and the 8th minute proves that through a rhythmical vocalised synth that completes and finishes off the track the same way as it started.

The B side is comprised of two tracks "Ambifoco" and "Numiris" - the title of the EP, and it's named that way for a very good reason. "Ambifoco" seems to start out where "Huguk" left, even though it is more up-tempo that the A side. Once again, comparisons to Ricardo are bound to be made. It is, without a doubt, minimalistic music at its best - the drums are at a constant 4/4 rhythm and the percussion is more than danceable, it's almost hypnotic. Various elements of detail can be heard, shuffling through the drums and claps, modulating and twisting themselves along the track. The melody seems to come somewhere out of deep-space, it wanders and bounces along, never on its own, in the company of modulated vocals, chimes, shy piano notes and various micro-elements. It is, nonetheless, the more DJ friendly track on the release and it does the job. As twisted and perverted as it is, it makes you move even if you don't really know why.

The EP comes to a staggering end with "Numiris". It is an astonishing piece of downtempo house that will surely remain in the hearts of many enthusiasts for many years to come. Just like Lazar Cezars "Tulbara", people will undoubtedly judge forthcoming Amphia releases in comparison to this one track. Every element has its own place and makes your senses tingle - the constant harmony that is made up out of chants, synths, pads and the offbeat jazz like bassline, the filtered white noise that accompanies the clap, playfully skipping through the track, it all makes this track, in my mind, one of the most emotional and awe inspiring Romanian electronic tracks to date.

The comparisons with Ricardo's work do not slight this release one bit, it's just that good. Even though it is a long way off from what we've heard from the Chilean, as far as technique, sound design and mixing goes, it is a statement, a work of art in its own right. So many times in the past few years Romanian labels have put out what seems to be watered down releases, but "Numiris" is not the case.