DJ Koze

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DJ-Kicks Review

by Paul Simpson

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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 DJ Koze 04:01 Amazon
2 DJ Koze feat: Dimlite / Efdemin 02:40 Amazon
3 DJ Koze feat: cLOUDDEAD 03:33 Amazon
4 DJ Koze feat: Strong Arm Steady 04:07 Amazon
5 DJ Koze feat: Homeboy Sandman 03:09 Amazon
6 DJ Koze feat: Freddie Gibbs / Madlib 03:21 Amazon
7 DJ Koze feat: Mndsgn 03:25 Amazon
8 DJ Koze feat: Broadcast 02:07 Amazon
9 DJ Koze feat: Daniel Lanois 01:35 Amazon
10 DJ Koze feat: The 2 Bears / Hi-Tek 03:40 Amazon
11 DJ Koze feat: William Shatner 03:32 Amazon
12 DJ Koze feat: Marker Starling 04:50 Amazon
13 DJ Koze feat: Session Victim 05:55 Amazon
14 DJ Koze feat: Frank & Tony 06:50 Amazon
15 DJ Koze feat: Marcel Fengler 06:20 Amazon
16 DJ Koze feat: Portable 06:55 Amazon
17 DJ Koze feat: The Gentle People 03:22 Amazon
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