The DC duo show that even blindingly fast techno can have detail and atmosphere.
Yes, this is partly to do with speed—these tracks tick along either side of 140 BPM—but it's also about intensity in a broader sense. The duo's drums have a ragged, loose quality that makes them feel more energetic, and their atmospheres seethe and ripple with unusual volatility. The mixdowns could be crisper, but the tracks' unusual sonic qualities also help them stand out. When deployed at the right moment, they offer just what the duo's name suggests: a superior serotonin rush.
The EP eases in, relatively speaking, with "Megabust," a dense study of polyrhythmic synth loops and syncopated kicks. "Slow Release" and "Sweat" slip into a straighter groove. "Sweat" is the more striking thanks to its manic swing and bouncing tritonal hook, but both are superlative high-velocity tools. The EP's crowning glory, though, is "Rebirth." The drums, a scything avalanche of claps and shakers, are particularly intense, and they are offset by euphoric chords. Wait till you hear these tracks on a big system. "There's a disorientation to it," Ryland said to the Post. "That out-of-body experience thing."