DJ Koze

All People Is My Friends

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All People Is My Friends, Stefan Kozalla's follow-up to Music Is Okay (Yo Mama [the label of release, not a Tourette's interjection]), begins as the oddest and most private-sounding Kompakt mix to date. By the time it winds down to a drunken pool-tableside singalong to Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," it has also gone through a patch where it's the most extroverted. Regardless of label, it's a unique set. Over eight minutes pass before a beat is established, with Langley Schools Music Project's voice-and-piano rendition of "The Long and Winding Road" the most baffling of the inclusions. Although the drastic transition from the Christians and Konrad Sprenger's campfire bossa nova to Jan Jelinek's micro-funk is hardly rupture-like, it leaves the impression that Kozalla began to tape over an existing mix and happened to stop where the Jelinek track begins, leaving two disparate -- albeit cohesive -- components for the end result. From Jelinek on, Kozalla gradually moves toward chunkier dancefloor goods, kicking into high gear with Isolée's galvanizing "Lost" (don't even attempt to keep tabs on all of the keyboard/synth lines at once). A handful of other standouts from the 2003 class of left-field house follow, like the Environ/Balihu-infected boogie of Fabrice Lig's "Meet U in Brooklyn" and the swift jiggle-strut of Mathew Jonson's "Typerope." Slightly older semi-classics from Mr. Oizo and Smith N Hack are also woven into the program. The only potential wrench in the process is Villalobos' "Waiworinao," which holds the progress of the mix in limbo with its Les Claypool-impersonating-Larry Graham bass slaps; however, given the way Kozalla pulls out of that with Smith N Hack, the holding pattern can be forgiven. Every now and then, Kozalla shows traces of his turntablist instincts with a non-invasive flick of the hand, and he also tweaks the EQ on occasion. What he's put together is no Immer or Smallville or Friends, but it's certainly its own enjoyable entity.

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