To get an idea of the overall vibe, imagine robot icicles in a cave, whose drops melt rhythmically and fall on weird percussive instruments connected through various processors, and you’re pretty much there. Add a bunch of radios tuned to anything except radio stations, and you got it. Don’t confuse “iced” with “chill,” though; this ice is definitely more like a cold night in Berlin at a small underground club, watching a guy with a shaved head, shades, and a bit of an existential attitude working away at Ableton Live on a laptop.
One point worth mentioning is the inclusion of multiple one-shots and accents, which help “customize” your sound as opposed to using only loops. However, the loops lend themselves to deconstruction as well — grab an eighth note here, a quarter note there — and can be fun to map on a sampling keyboard when you want to create groovy little hand-played percussion lines.
But anyway, a tune is worth a thousand words, so hustle on over to www.eqmag.com and listen to an audio concoction that’s loaded with Iced . . . stirred, not shaken. —Craig Anderton