Real name: Isar Logi Arnarsson
Effective period / Period of releases: 1995 - 2018Ísar Logi Arnarsson, better known as Cold garnered widespread attention in the mid nineties with his track ‘Strobelight Network’ on Thule Records, championed by Sven Väth as his closing record at Love Parade in Berlin 1995. Active again in 2017.
It’s nearing the end of Love Parade in Berlin 1995. Sven Väth has been doing one of his legendary marathon sets as the sun starts to rise above the city. It’s final track of the festival. It starts with a repetitive crystal-like ambient sounds and slowly the songs become fuller and more grandeur. It’s the sounds of a city waking up – and also signaling the end of a beautiful event. That track is Strobelight Network by a young enthusiastic Icelandic producer Cold (Ísar Logi Arnarson). It was the debut release of Thule Records, the very first Icelandic techno label. The release instantly became a cult hit – with numerous re-releases through the years on Elektrolux and ReLoad - and even boasting a fantastic remix by the Sven Väth himself.
Cold, however, disappeared from the international music scene. He became the main editor for a leading music magazine in his native land and organizer of numerous successful club nights in Reykjavik. Though focused on other projects, his ambitions for music was never far away. While regularly performing in clubs in downtown Reykjavík, he developed his unique style of minimalistic techno. 18 years later, he resurfaces with bundle of new material to his former home – Thule Records. The result is Exiles EP, which will be released on AE Recordings, a sublabel of the Thule Records which focuses on the more abstract world of techno.
The signature sounds of Cold are playful tribal grooves, ruff basslines and atmospheric sounds. He tries hard not to be limited to any specific formulas and manages in that way to successfully create his own distinctive sound. Constantly evolving his production skills and questioning the things around him.