Album Review: DJ Koze - Knock Knock
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DJ Koze is renowned for his experimental electronic style. His past albums, remixes and even full-length DJ mixes have shown his vast capability for seamlessly mixing in samples and styles including disco, minimal techno, dream pop and hip-hop. Stefan Kozalla is the sort of artist who does not feel the need to recreate the fashionable music of the moment. He focusses his creative powers on building moments of enticing melancholy and displays them in 7.1 surround sound bursting with synesthetic colours. Knock Knock is Koze’s first full-length album in almost five years. As with all of Koze’s creative endeavours the album has gone down a storm, a true success. The mystical land that the German producer creates features a variety of vocalists such as José González, Eddie Fummler, Kurt Wagner, Róisín Murphy, Speech from the 90s hip-hop band Arrested Development and even a name from his own label, Sophia Kennedy. Somehow Koze has managed to faithfully incorporate each vocalist’s individual and varying style whilst still creating a cohesive album. ‘Music on My teeth’ is a beautifully, wholesome, well-formed representation of José González’s music, the chords are just as recognisable as the voice, and yet it still holds true to the electronic medium of the album. Speech features in ‘Colours of Autumn’, a throwback tune to the 90s hip-hop scene with dotted rhythms and chilled out rap, there’s even a moment when the theremin features.
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