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Amygdala

DJ KozeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Track ID Anyone?DJ Koze feat. Caribou 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Nices WölkchenDJ Koze feat. Apparat 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Royal Asscher CutDJ Koze 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Magical BoyDJ Koze feat. Matthew Dear 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das WortDJ Koze feat. Dirk von Lowtzow 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. HomesickDJ Koze feat. Ada 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. La DuquesaDJ Koze 9:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Marilyn WhirlwindDJ Koze 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My PlansDJ Koze feat. Matthew Dear 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Don't Lose My MindDJ Koze 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. AmygdalaDJ Koze feat. Milosh 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ich schreib' dir ein Buch 2013DJ Koze vs. Hildegard Knef 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. NooOooDJ Koze feat. Tomerle & Maiko 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pampa
  • ASIN: B00B2WZM1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

DJ Koze offers a long-awaited return with this astonishing, mind-blowing album. Amygdala is Koze's Sgt. Pepper's. It's an unreal 78-minute walk through Koze's mind, complete with moods, intensities, sounds and scenes as yet unheard of. Featuring guest appearances by Caribou, Apparat, Hildegard Knef, Matthew Dear, Ada, Milosh and Dirk von Lotzow.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! April 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the best electronic albums I've heard in some time. Koze couldn't care less about restrictive genres when it comes to dance music. This is a strange and beautiful album, very weird yet completely accessible at the same time.
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Sometimes, when listening to a Beethoven piano trio or a Mahler symphony, I lament Western art music’s obsession with development. About three minutes in I’ll hear a melodic fragment and think, “Ooh! I want more of that!” But the composer all too often moves swiftly to transform the theme, introduce new themes, or simply let that snippet appear and then swiftly disappear, a lone figure in a Bayeux Tapestry of sound. In some ways, then, modern electronica is the antithesis to classical music; not because of instrumentation or modernity, but because it often holds its themes static. The transformations occur not in the classical development of the basic melodic or harmonic material, but rather in the build-up and release of tension through the skillful addition and subtraction of sonic elements.

Amygdala (2013), the latest (double) LP from German producer DJ Koze (Stefan Kozalla), lives and dies on precisely this manipulation of texture. Kozalla takes his time constructing his musical world, interweaving burbling synths, neo-disco beats, and off-the-wall samples over the course of two discs and almost eighty minutes. He has the musical resourcefulness to make it work much of the time; his warm, analog aesthetic keeps his impish playfulness in check (just look at that album artword), engendering an expansive, late-night ambience that invites the listener to relax and settle into the groove.

It’s an approach that demands strong material, however. Sometimes sources are stretched beyond their limits; for instance, the record bogs down in the middle with the too-long “La Duqesa” and “Marilyn Whirlwind.” Other times Kozalla’s predilection for unusual juxtapositions gets the better of him, as when Matthew Dear’s incongruous vocals almost torpedo the cozy R&B of “Magical Boy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We're All Sensitive People June 10, 2013
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3.5 Stars and rounding up for the Marvin Gaye sample. I'm not generally a listener of downtempo electronica. It's usually too samey and predictable. Plus I need lyrics in my music. But this DJ Koze is good stuff. It's head music with a focus on the construction of the tracks and the craft of the samples and keyboards and all the bells and whistles. But it's not fussy or self-serious. You can see the stitch-marks. In places the seams are showing.

And best of all, Koze has written actual songs here. They actual develop over their run times and possess discernible beginnings, middles, and ends. Most of them have lyrics. The sounds are very interesting. Good music for running a bath when the world is falling apart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super High Quality Audio Production April 5, 2013
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DJ Koze is a legend and doesn't disappoint with his latest record. With a star studded set of featured artists you can bet this will be an adventure you don't soon forget!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar introduction to DJ Koze February 21, 2014
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This is my first DJ Koze album and it makes me want more.

Koze shows a clear sense of direction as he skips across genres and dodges pigeon holes. He steers clear of the pale quicksand of the ambient, though you can just make it out from where he leads you on a few songs, e.g., "Das Wort" and "Nices Wölkchen." On "Marilyn Whirlwind," he heads toward the thumpy jungle of dubstep, but veers into King Crimson field of guitars.

All in all, an engaging, imminently listenable journey.
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