Boomkat Product Review:
Crucial tripped smoove groove diversions from Jan Jelinek's "Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records" era; vibraphone and vinyl crackle heated slowly into a narcotic haze.
'ICE Compositions' was released in 2002 on the hyper-limited En/Of imprint, and came only moments after "Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records", perhaps still Jelinek's most beloved full-length. The smoky, after-hours vibe of that album still hangs around these four tracks, dissolved even further into psychedelic, abstract groans and drones.
There's plenty of artists at this point that have absorbed Jelinek's method, but few manage to capture the spirit of what he was doing here. The glitches weren't simply used for aesthetics alone, they add rhythm and texture to his eerie set of samples, fleshing out his concepts in three dimensions. Here, Jelinek's mind-boggling simplicity is in full focus: a cursory listen might reveal nothing at all, but the more you submit, the more you begin to hear. So damn good.