You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


DJ Koze, ‘Amygdala’

You could get lost digging into the first album in eight years from Stefan Kozalla, a.k.a. German producer DJ Koze. The number of guests (including Matthew Dear, Apparat, and Caribou’s Dan Snaith) and the songs’ lengths, depths, and varying textures make it easy to get spun. “Track ID Anyone?” opens “Amygdala” with a jumble of vocal samples, backward synths, and found-sound percussion before settling into a clipping beat and spectral vocal line. “Royal Asscher Cut” is another gradually unfolding track, built on a sustained background of churning white noise and a steady 4/4 beat that hesitantly introduces layers of percussive complexity. A wind instrument that sounds like the squawk of a seagull provides the track’s longest string of melodic notes. All of this likely makes the album sound like a difficult listen. It’s not; it’s actually quite approachable, especially with Rhye’s Milosh injecting a dose of human romance on the title track. Named for that part of the brain where emotions are stored, “Amygdala” should be listened to with the ears and the heart — no bearings required. (Out now)


ESSENTIAL “Amygdala”

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of