Ivory Frequency

[Groundloop sleeve]"Today" (Single, 2001)


Full marks to German label Dependent for continuing to expand its musical horizons. When they signed Seabound to join future pop crusaders VNV Nation I figured they'd discovered a highly successful formula and were sticking with it. It was with no expectation of surprises then that I put on this inaugrual release by newcomers Ivory Frequency.

Hooray for surprises! This was not what I was expecting at all, what's more I like it. I like it a lot. My first immediate thoughts were of UK 'dark techno' outfit Greenhaus. Indeed, even after repeated listening the similarities with Greenhaus' debut, particularly on the first mix of Today Is The Day, remain striking. The dark distortion and thumping beat that kicks this great three-tracker off could have been headed straight for the Wumpscut zone. Instead, the beats are pushed right up front and the melodic, repetative synth parts quickly get your body twitching and once it starts there's no stopping it. A distant voice adds the titular refrain and that's about it. But that's all this corking stomper needs. The chilled-out downtime break towards the end also hints that Ivory Frequency's gifts lie in more than one direction. The Soda Mix is a softer dance version. 7/10

Rob Dyer