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)


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