Coyote Clean Up, also known as Ice Cold Chrissy, is a mysterious trance producer from Detroit. The DJ is consistently releasing music under both monikers, all with a heavy dose of glaze. Coyote Clean Up’s most recent effort, Frozen Solid is a water-themed collection of translucent techno beats. The album has a track titled “I’d Rather B Surfing” and “Bedtime Blizzard” that range from warm tones to icey loops.
Compared to his work under Ice Cold Chrissy, Coyote Clean Up plays with experimental, funk and ambient blends. The concoction is far more versatile, but doesn’t stray from his core theme. Influenced by Detroit, Frozen Solid references the dark side of the city with touches of fuzz and waves of chilly vocals.
Opening track, “Seventeen” is most likely heard in a modern European clothing store. Synthesizer echoes in circles, while samples weave in and out of a dreamy haze. This track is bedroom dance with a funky afterthought. Mid-way through the song, Coyote Clean Up throws in avant-garde beats to create a truly eclectic soundscape.
The album as a whole, though, renders into a vast soundscape. Each track gently glides into one another and quietly picks up speed steadily until multiple samples collide into a collaged pattern. This is repeated between each song.
“At Home (Dub)” is a hip hop-tinged tune. The shortest track on the album, running only a few seconds over 4-minutes, is a less exciting one as well. The looped beats are seamless and predictable, unlike the rusted tones of other tracks like “I’d Rather B Surfing.” But then, “Bedtime Blizzard (dub)” chimes in with just enough of everything. A funky bass line enters shortly after the 2-minute mark and high-end vocal arrangement is introduced.
The most seemingly complex track, “Importing Mosquitoes (Coyote Clean Up Dub)” samples a bit of everything the album touched on, and some it hadn’t. The most organically sounding vocals lay over a steady guitar beat that progressively turns into a lovely guitar solo. “Importing Mosquitoes (Coyote Clean Up Dub)” has the most surprises of the album. Frozen Solid exited on a guitar outro and a high note.
Frozen Solid is heavy and flowing. It’s not an album that can be enjoyed in multiple settings. Coyote Clean Up’s style is reliant on mellow house beats, gaining little to no traction throughout. The pace stays fairly consistent during the 42-minute album. It serves its purpose at a club or chic party, but it’s difficult to translate into real life.
Coyote Clean Up Frozen Solid tracklist:
- “I’d Rather B Surfing”
- “Pity 4 The Ppl”
- “At Home (Dub)”
- “Bedtime Blizzard”
- “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”
- “Importing Mosquitoes (Coyote Clean Up Dub)”