Boomkat Product Review:
Container's debut LP, released last year, was a hugely prescient release: its noise-ist, irreverent approach to techno forms and conventions showing the way for many artists and releases that have emerged since. What made that record so remarkable, and what makes this, its sequel, so remarkable too, was how dry, how caustic and how unforgiving its sound was. A large part of this is down, as Spectrum Spools point out, to the fact these tracks are recorded in mono and as such "cut right down the middle of your skull"; they don't assume any of the ambient character of techno as we know it, just its pulverising linear attack. However, the new LP is even more focussed on rhythm, with mercilessly iterated drum patterns that nod variously to high-pH acid, low-riding Drexciyan electro, Millsian industrial poundage and even swaggering ghetto-tech; the result is a an album every bit as brutal as its predecessor but ultimately more entertaining, and more convincing, culminating in the all-out warehouse demolition job that is 'Refract'.