DJ Koze
Pampa Records
Street: 03.22
DJ Koze = Ellen Allien + Audion
Minus a single here and there, Amygdala is the first full-length album from the German DJ and producer DJ Koze in eight years. The album title references a part of the brain where memory and learning develop. It’s clear DJ Koze has not forgotten how to stay relevant within the techno genre. Guest Dan Snaith and his Caribou-produced layers create warm and minimal bliss on opener “Track ID Anyone?” Matthew Dear’s vocals subtly chime in on the lush chords and melodic flourishes of “Magical Boy.” The poppiest moment shines on the Kings Of Convenience cover “Homesick,” with the addition of Ada’s intoxicating vocals. Amygdala is 78 minutes of colorful, out-of-focus, gorgeous perfection. –Courtney Blair