Frozen Border, Frozen Border 03

[Frozen Border]


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Amid the current explosion of stamped white labels, Frozen Border stand apart for being among the truly mysterious. What do we know about them? Frozen Border is a record label and each 12″ is done by a different producer; aside from that, nothing. Their preference for anonymity and austere packaging hark back to the days of 90s techno, and it should come as little surprise the music does as well. Rather than rehashing the past, however, Frozen Border records leap from their 90’s reference points into the contemporary techno scene, resulting in fresh and forward-thinking productions.

The third in the Frozen Border series isn’t a groundbreaking record, but it sure is a good one. On the A side spring loaded dub chords whack away at the sturdy, jacking beat while frigid pads slowly drift along in the distance. There isn’t much variation over the course of its six minutes, though it need much to divide and conquer. These same sounds are softened on the B side, a more subtle and nuanced cut. It feels like it’s constantly building, assuredly heading towards some snow-capped peak, but ends before reach the summit. While it may be difficult at times for this writer to find his Frozen Borders among Traversable Wormholes, MDRs, Do Not Resist the Beat!s, Equalized and other white labels in his record stack, the extra digging is entirely worth it. Frozen Border 03 is reflective of its stripped down package: utilitarian and totally pragmatic techno, letting nothing distract from the simplistic delight of a purely head-down groove.

Tom D  on August 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The sample track you’ve put up here is absolutely class, proper loopy techno groove with just the kind of mood I love in a track. Going to have to cross my fingers that they decide to release these as mp3s 😉

Tom D  on August 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Spoke too soon – http://www.junodownload.com/labels/Frozen+Border+UK/tracks/ – just waiting for 003 now :)

Joe H  on August 13, 2009 at 6:16 AM

Great record. Simplicity is the key to success here.

eric cloutier  on August 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM

while i wasn’t a big fan of the first frozen border, 2 and 3 have rocked my world thoroughly. equally as good is the sublabel, horizontal ground.

Joe H  on August 14, 2009 at 5:59 AM

Yeah, the Horizontal Ground is the best in the series for me.

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