Ren Schofield is the undisputed master of noise techno. The blunt force trauma of his tracks is offset by an artisan approach to sound design that doesn't dilute their bludgeoning intensity but ensures that the listening experience is an enthralling as well as an exacting one. "LP" could be his most potent album to date, but ironically, it's also his most accessible. Bring the noise.
Ren Schofield's Container took the world of underground electronic music by storm with the debut "LP" in 2011. Following massive amounts of touring and the powerful follow up LP, "LP", in 2012, the project became a must-experience staple everywhere from U.S. basement gigs to Berghain. After two fantastic E.P. recordings on Morphine and Liberation Technologies, Container returns with the first full-length album since 2012, simply titled "LP".
"LP" is the most explosive offering in the Container oeuvre, capturing the raw and unhinged essence of the live Container experience while exploring new compositional and sonic limits.
The opening "Eject" wastes no time with it's instant feedback squeal backed by a barrage of pounding, distorted percussion. The concomitant storm of misfiring FX and derailed drum patterns set the stage the for aural pandemonium that this third "LP" delivers. "Remover" and "Peripheral" are dense and intricate structural compositions ruthless in their delivery and infectious in rhythm, stretching the known limits of the projects sound into welcome new realms. Tracks like "Appliance" and "Cushion" find Schofield in his most vicious form, with floor destroying tempos and a miraculously adroit sense of arrangement. Somehow, "LP" manages to simultaneously be the most palatable and most damaged contribution yet. Patchwork polyrhythm motifs, melodic (albeit fully blasted) hook sensibilities, and ballistic synthesized sounds are melted down together and shaped into some of the most rewarding, enjoyable works yet heard on any of the "LP" offerings. The closing "Calibrate" pounds with a hypnotic churn, growing into a stasis of red-hot squelches and deranged electronic malfunction recalling some of the earliest tape works Schofield created. "LP" gives a sense of "full circle", blurring the end and the beginning into a baffling riddle that can only be admired and never solved.
Schofield has enigmatically crafted his most insane Container album to be the most architecturally dextrous and club-minded, never compromising his fundamentals while evolving the project in an utterly satisfying fashion. "LP" is the most locked-in full length recording to date, long overdue and absolutely essential.
I pick "FR3SH" as my favourite since it gives me something to talk about. Basically rapper Kanye West sampled this track once and that pissed off Bill Kouligas a lot. Then it's also a standout on Kelela & Asmara's "AQUAPHORIA" mix. That's all I have to say. Cone