By all accounts German DJ/Producer Stefan Kozalla is on the edge…
Of dance music’s more adventurous avant garde? Of breaking through and finding a wider audience? Of redefining consciousness? Of losing his mind?
All of it.
With the exception of his Reincarnations remix compilation on Get Physical a few years back, the talented producer has been remarkably silent for quite some time, but like a madman whose sedative has worn off Koze is back.
On his stunningly brilliant new album (Amygdala,) his first new work in 8 years, DJ Koze is putting it all on the table and features collaborations with a handful of other equally visionary producers *and personal favorites (Caribou, Apparat, and Matthew Dear to name a few.)
The album is richly textured and trippy as all get out, but is nonetheless one of the most exquisitely melodic and harmonious albums I’ve heard all year. All infused with a lightness and humor that helps keep it from ever getting too heady or self-serious…
Beginning with an audio collage composed of a drug-induced guided meditation, bells and a woman’s voice emphatically claiming “we need to eat, we need to sleep, and we need- music”…the album launches into it’s first audio salvo, “Track ID Anyone?”
A collaboration with Caribou, the track is one of the best things I’ve put in my ears all year. On a bed of reverb-ed and reversed Sgt. Pepper-y guitar sounds and warbled throbbing bass, a steady Tech thump chugs along and toy birds chirp and squeak…until halfway into the track Dan Snaith arrives with a lovely vocal that recalls Erlend Oye at his most tender.
It is an absolutely perfect start to the rest of Amygdala, which unfolds like the strangest dream. Like the logic of a dream, if you were to isolate the tracks on any given song, you’d probably think it was a psychotic mess, however altogether it gels into an exquistitely unique trip.
We’re all lucky to that Koze has invited us to his pink Elysium…just pick a reindeer and ride.