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Electronic/Dance - Released May 4, 2018 | PAMPA RECORDS

Prior to the release of his guest-heavy full-length Amygdala in 2013, DJ Koze was somewhat of a well-kept secret of the techno world, steadily releasing highly inventive singles, albums, and mixes on labels like Kompakt, Freude am Tanzen, and Buback, in addition to an endless parade of remixes for Battles, Matthew Dear, Caribou, and countless others. Amygdala kept the playfulness and creativity of his past work intact while placing a particular focus on his pop instincts, and was easily his best-received work to date. He received further acclaim for his second remix collection (Reincarnations, Pt. 2), his DJ-Kicks series entry, and Pampa, Vol. 1, an unmixed compilation on his Pampa Records label. Like Amygdala, Knock Knock features an abundance of guest vocalists and a wide selection of styles, ranging from lovesick ballads to hypnotic floor-fillers. This time out, he manages to push his sample manipulations further over the edge than before, with shredded, Mouse on Mars-like vocal mutations popping up all over the place, even on some of the album's most dramatic songs, lending to a very strange dynamic. "Bonfire" is framed around a sample from Bon Iver's "Calgary," which is seemingly mocked by dripping-faucet beats, malfunctioning CD noises, and lumbering, growling bass eruptions. It sounds funny and preposterous, and amazingly, it works. "This Is My Rock" is a woozy trip-hop tune with soul-baring vocals by Sophia Kennedy, which are interrupted by an almost cartoonishly complex amount of vocal samples, including a spirited "Woo!" that punctuates the song's climax several times. "Illumination" features a punchier electro beat and more commanding vocals by Róisín Murphy, while José González and Kurt Wagner guest on some of the album's relatively chilled-out moments. The album's most straightforward club track is "Pick Up," a luscious filter-disco bliss-out on par with any classic late-'90s French house 12", but its bittersweet undercurrent is illuminated by a sample from Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)," a song that was previously extracted by Midland for his summer 2016 festival staple "Final Credits." Koze's hip-hop roots, which he paid tribute to on his DJ-Kicks volume, are explored more thoroughly on tracks such as the comically wobbly "Baby (How Much I LFO You)" and "Lord Knows." Following the fuzz-soaked house track "Seeing Aliens," the album ends with "Drone Me Up, Flashy," wherein the returning Sophia Kennedy sings in heavy German over grainy, floating textures, and at one point seems to crack up over how otherworldly it all is. It couldn't be more appropriate for such an absurdly emotional, innovative album. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released June 15, 2015 | !K7 Records

DJ Koze has never been one to play by the rules, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that his contribution to !K7's seminal DJ-Kicks series (its 50th edition) isn't a typical 70-minute peaks-and-valleys club mix. Instead, Koze's laid-back, eclectic selection showcases his love for left-field hip-hop and pop as well as dance music, coming closer to an entry in the defunct Back to Mine series. His signature offbeat sense of humor is still intact, as displayed by the computer voice introducing Koze's own "I Haven't Been Everywhere But It's on My List," a glitchy, J Dilla-esque hip-hop instrumental which kicks off the disc. His taste in hip-hop runs toward abstract American artists such as cLOUDDEAD (here remixed by Boards of Canada), Madlib, and Homeboy Sandman, and he often includes instrumentals or his own edits of tracks to fit his taste. The mix takes an unexpectedly sorrowful turn around the midway mark, starting with Broadcast's spare, heartbreaking "Tears in the Typing Pool," then moving into a Daniel Lanois slide guitar instrumental, which segues into a 2 Bears vocal mashed up with a Hi-Tek instrumental, followed by William Shatner's surprisingly poignant spoken word piece "It Hasn't Happened Yet." When Koze finally gets around to mixing in some house tracks, they're midtempo and bittersweet rather than high-energy floor fillers, and uniformly excellent, particularly Frank & Tony's sublime "Bring the Sun." One wonders how astonishing the mix would be if it had consisted entirely of tracks like this, but the variety is refreshing, and Koze's adventurous spirit is always admirable. ~ Paul Simpson
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Miscellaneous - Released October 24, 2014 | PAMPA RECORDS

Stefan Kozalla, quizzical and ebullient, as quoted on the second volume of Reincarnations: "What do I think is the all-time best remixer? I thought a long time about this question and, um, I think it's me. Oh wait, wait -- um...yes, yes, yes, yes, it's me, it's me. And do I know the secret of making a great remix? No, I don't know the secret. Please tell me. I need to know to keep the pole position." This talk is overdubbed toward the conclusion of his slightly roguish, wholly seductive remix of Herbert's Bodily Functions highlight "It's Only," which landed at the top of Resident Advisor's Top 50 of 2013 poll. The track's level of regard demonstrates that, since the first volume of Reincarnations, Koze continued to be one of the most valued and creative remix producers in the business. If not quite as dazzling or as novel as the 2009 volume that preceded it, this assortment of Koze remixes, which covers a comparatively short period of time, nonetheless lacks disposable selections. Among the greater triumphs are a bumping and spaced-out transformation of Mount Kimbie's "Made to Stray," a rumbling take on Moderat's "Bad Kingdom," and a subdued dub-house version of Caribou's "Found Out." Koze also continues to expose his knack for left-field rap production with a dizzying chop of Gonzales' "Knight Moves" and a drunken stomp he grants to Herbert's "You Saw It All." His irreverent yet still musical approach, whether drastically processing sounds from the original productions or adding his own ideas, continues to astound. No one synthesizes mischief and finesse like he does. As with the volume that preceded it, the anthology has a mixtape-like flow that prompts beginning-to-end listening, as if Koze carried out his work, from case to case, with track sequencing in mind. This is far from comprehensive. Remixes for Efdemin, Mathias Kaden, Ben Watt, and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, remain uncompiled. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released March 22, 2013 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 12, 2018 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Miscellaneous - Released July 19, 2018 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 25, 2018 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 22, 2013 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Miscellaneous - Released June 15, 2015 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 1, 2018 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Dance - Released December 2, 2013 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Techno - Released May 4, 2009 | Circus company

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Dance - Released May 31, 2010 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Miscellaneous - Released December 2, 2016 | Hart & Tief

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Miscellaneous - Released March 24, 2014 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Dance - Released December 6, 2010 | PAMPA RECORDS

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 15, 2015 | !K7 Records

DJ Koze has never been one to play by the rules, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that his contribution to !K7's seminal DJ-Kicks series (its 50th edition) isn't a typical 70-minute peaks-and-valleys club mix. Instead, Koze's laid-back, eclectic selection showcases his love for left-field hip-hop and pop as well as dance music, coming closer to an entry in the defunct Back to Mine series. His signature offbeat sense of humor is still intact, as displayed by the computer voice introducing Koze's own "I Haven't Been Everywhere But It's on My List," a glitchy, J Dilla-esque hip-hop instrumental which kicks off the disc. His taste in hip-hop runs toward abstract American artists such as cLOUDDEAD (here remixed by Boards of Canada), Madlib, and Homeboy Sandman, and he often includes instrumentals or his own edits of tracks to fit his taste. The mix takes an unexpectedly sorrowful turn around the midway mark, starting with Broadcast's spare, heartbreaking "Tears in the Typing Pool," then moving into a Daniel Lanois slide guitar instrumental, which segues into a 2 Bears vocal mashed up with a Hi-Tek instrumental, followed by William Shatner's surprisingly poignant spoken word piece "It Hasn't Happened Yet." When Koze finally gets around to mixing in some house tracks, they're midtempo and bittersweet rather than high-energy floor fillers, and uniformly excellent, particularly Frank & Tony's sublime "Bring the Sun." One wonders how astonishing the mix would be if it had consisted entirely of tracks like this, but the variety is refreshing, and Koze's adventurous spirit is always admirable. ~ Paul Simpson

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