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dj of the year - kosi kozè!
am 13. November 2005
When the votes are in and counted, Kompakt fans might face a strange proposition: Markus Guentner’s 1981 and Ferenc’s Fraximal could well be the strongest single-artist albums on the label this year. The trouble with incessant, near-viral Kompakt love is that its tendency toward hyperbole burdens their key artists with impossible expectations. Last year, Superpitcher and Michael Mayer suffered due to this syndrome, releasing perfectly good albums that received muted responses because they were not as revelatory as their pre-album output. (I am as guilty of this as the next dork.) Conversely, Kompakt artists often don’t help themselves by handing in albums that do not play to their strengths. In 2005, DJ Koze and Matias Aguayo may well face that same scrutiny.
For Koze, it’s not an overwhelming dilemma. Kosi Comes Around is predictably heterogeneous, and there is something endearing about its dilettantism. At times, it is almost coquettish – the closing “Chiminea” strings pellucid guitar strums and lonely piano along an event horizon, recalling Minnie Ripperton or '70s soft pop left out to dry. Some of the best tracks, such as “Raw,” are full of clattering interjections that sound like an army of cap-booted spiders racing through cutlery drawers.
The set’s key moments, however, are its most pared-back, physical interventions: “Don’t Feed the Cat” fires squirming dribble-darts of texture over a jack pulse that carves out huge chunks of space; five-and-a-half minutes in, ADHD synths sweep around your cranium like sheets of metal welding to your skin. Early single “The Geklöppel Continues” cracks open mid-flight with fecal bass blurts that spill from the song’s core.