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DJ Koze : Amygdala

Electronic music is often criticised for being “faceless”, but Hamburg’s DJ Koze has never adhered to that stereotype. On the cover of his latest album Amygdala – his first studio full-length since 2005’s Kosi Comes Around, out March 25 via his own Pampa label – Stefan Kozalla sits astride a reindeer in front of rolling pink hills, wearing a crash helmet and what appears to be a dressing gown, and the epic 78-minute opus is packed with similarly quirky touches that push the producer’s larger-than-life personality to the fore: sampled car horns and animal noises, backwards voices, marimba, funk guitar, off-key strings and free jazz brass all drop in and out of the mix, spiking these tech-house floorfillers with a pinch of surrealist humour. A few like-minded friends help out here too, with Apparat, Hilde Knef, Matthew Dear and Rhye’s Milosh among those providing vocals and/or additional production; listen to the Caribou collaboration “Track ID Anyone?” below, and stream the whole thing over at NPR.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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  1. Pingback: #NewMusicTuesday – March 26th | Music Streetlight

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