Alec Empire ‎– Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions)

Mille Plateaux ‎– MP LP 18
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 37.2 Pt.1
A2 Untitled
A3 20 (1)
B1 20 (2)
B2 22:24
B3 Untitled
C1 Low On Ice
C2 Metall Dub
D1 2572
D2 We Were Burnt
D3 37.2 Pt.2


  • Artwork By [Cover] – Henni Hell
  • Written-By, ProducerAlec Empire


All tracks written & produced by Alec Empire on his portable studio while playing with Atari Teenage Riot on Iceland, 4.-7.8.1995.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GEIST 010CD Alec Empire Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions)(CD, Album, Enh, RE) Geist Records GEIST 010CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
MP CD 18 Alec Empire Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions)(CD, Album) Mille Plateaux MP CD 18 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MP LP 18 Alec Empire Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions)(2xLP, W/Lbl, Album) Mille Plateaux MP LP 18 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none Alec Empire Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions)(File, FLAC, Album) Mille Plateaux none Germany Unknown


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June 1, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Hands down one of the best electronic albums ever. Wikipedia incorrectly states that the album was recorded with a laptop only. Empire recently told that it was made with an MPC, TR 808, TB 303, SH 101 etc.


May 15, 2014
This album was recorded live in Iceland to accompany a movie by German film director Philip Reichenheim.


November 10, 2009

This must be one of the most unique pieces of electronic music that I have in my collection. It’s the type of music where you can’t put any label on. I’ve heard a lot of music in my life and as an ambient adept I’ve experienced lots of music that crosses all boundaries of the musical spectrum but this album is really something special, to say the least. The title fits perfectly with the music as this is cold, very cold. It’s really astonishing that it creates such a unique and overwhelming atmosphere with such a little amount of sounds. Most of the tracks have beats, very slow beats that are woven into wonderful and strange soundscapes that sound like ice sculptures.

Another aspect of this album is that most of the tracks have a lot of reverb and are extremely lo-fi. This combination sucks you into a spiral of ice cold shivers and indefinable places. If you play this album on the right time, at the right place and last but not least: on a good sound system (so you can play the low-fi beats properly) this music works like heroin. Totally mesmerizing and unique in every possible way. Alec Empire created a masterpiece here, and it’s not his only one…