Dance music has taken its foot off the gas pedal since then, but the Ayni EP from the New York newcomer Buzzi makes a good argument for the resurgence of high-speed techno. All four tracks are hard, fast and repetitive, with references to the militant sound of early Jeff Mills or Surgeon. Where a lot of speedier stuff focuses on intensity at the expense of nuance, Buzzi balances both. "Protection" has a few interesting grooves going at once, and the killer mixing gives them room to interact, creating rhythmic shapes that shift subtly.
"Second Article" has a trippier energy, with disorienting synths needling their way into your brain. The Xiorro remix strips away the percussive subtlety, holding onto the track's Millsian bleeps while adding a chunky kick drum. A maxed-out arrangement of rattling percussion and detuned synths makes "Thermal" the most overwhelming cut. The relentless banging could use more dynamism, but it shifts enough to hold attention. Ayni is a promising debut for Buzzi, a producer who makes high speeds feel natural.