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In his youthful years of 1980’s Koze has been a highly competitive hip-hop DJ. The Hamburg-based producer, DJ Koze offers a highly unusual breathtaking collision of the precise and the blissful. In his albums, remixes and singles, the highly immersive sensation of psychedelia and shoegaze meet his pointillist precision of some little techno. While his high affinity for enticing surface textures drives feelings of moving ecstasy, his fondness of 4/4 propulsion and crisp percussion concentrates the airy feelings into outstanding diamond –hard bursts.
There is some strange sort of alchemy at a place on DJ Koze’s mixes, where sensibility of the music played and the integration of tracks bear so much integrity such that its like he came up with the music by himself. Koze’s engagement in the DJ-Kicks series is highly remarkable not only because there is some excellent structuring and flows like an autobiography in its sounds. The music transits from half heavy blunted hip hop into deliciously funny singer-songwriter turns where it is finally ended with gorgeous selections of gently seductive house and techno music. Eventually, you then hear Koze’s exhilarating music emerge among others. His creatively tinkers subtly with other tracks as he transforms them via edits and mixes to make the whole mix feel like a single long suite.
At the early stretch of the records, Koze heavily draws from the famous Stone Throw catalog. Evidently, he likes producers capable of isolating samples from the 70’s and 60’s, a guitar pattern a swoop of strings and some warping to create a hypnotic loop that generates a commentary on memory and sound. In the first half of his mixes, Koze shows his fondness for unusual and expressive voices. He tries to remix creatively Dead Dogs Two’s cLOUDDEAD, verses sit in an uneasy manner between twee and nerd-rap, while ‘Holiday’ vocals by Homeboy Sandman sound more like a single half of a blurred conversation more than a declaration.
Later in the mix, Cincinnati producer’s instrumental Hi-Tek, puts the bedroom sweet souls vocals centre and front, offering a perfect transition from the beat-head opening of the album to the late dreamier electronics. The set becomes more interesting, with Koze taking a firmer hand as he tweaks house Marcel Fengler, Session Victim and Frank & Tony house tracks, bringing out his inner Koze-ness. Jazz and techno clears to the wistful piano of the masterpiece, ‘Surrender’ by Portable. This stands out to be the most breathtaking and exhilarating mix seques over the recent past. Koze later finds home the misfit songs that leads you to thinking of possibilities. He also concludes the mix by beaming back to the mix’s home planet with the highly remarkable track, ‘Superstar’ by the famous The Gentle People. This creates a perfect way for DJ-Kicks for bringing forth their 50th.
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