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DJ Koze’s 2013 album opus Amygdala has continued to bewitch all who encounter it since its release. Tipped as his own personal Sgt. Pepper, the sublime long-player revealed a fully-realised and pers
DJ Koze’s 2013 album opus Amygdala has continued to bewitch all who encounter it since its release. Tipped as his own personal Sgt. Pepper, the sublime long-player revealed a fully-realised and personal body of work, complete with a classic songwriting at its core, House in its heart, and veins coursing with psychedelic color. "La Duquesa" was the album’s dreamy single standout, a journey into deep, tropical ecstasy.
“XTC” begins in the same spirit, and captures the all the blissful allusions of its name, but its initial gentility belies the deep intensity to come. Floating pads glow with celestial ambience as a kick drum is gradually coaxed into solid form, and the introduction of spoken text begins the second act. "Many people are experimenting with the drug Ecstasy,” it says, “…is the drug like the lie and meditation the truth? Or am I missing something that could really help me?”. "XTC" then transforms: sweetly imploring tones become demanding, gentle gradients between chords turn hard-edged, and sharp hi-hats cut through the haze. Complete with Koze's signature percussive quirks, it drives towards the track’s final pay off: an undeniable, all-consuming, irresistible high.
"Knee On Belly" recalls Koze at his most tongue-in-cheek and overt; it is bright, bold and literally brassy, using cut-up horns of all shapes and sizes to patchwork together his own unique arrangement. With the highs and mid ranges accounted for, Koze adds in a swollen, thrumming bass line to mix to bring this floor-filler to life. “Knee on Belly” recalls a raw, filtered and funky approach to groove, with a nod to disco house and the art of artful sampling, as it orbits between its own neon highs and simmering lows.
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DJ Comments (18)
Joe GoddardThese are both sounding great to me… Really into them!
Amé (Kristian)KILLER record!!
Ian PooleyA GREAT new pair of tracks from Koze!! Will support!
John TalabotYes! Love XTC and will play it forever, ever, ever, ever, ever…
Acid PauliLove this EP! Already played XTC in London last Saturday…. Absolutely amazing! Both tracks.
IsoleeI heard XTC many times, it's big, glamorous and humorous at the same time, what only Koze
manages to assemble in one track while sounding so effortless and organic. I’m always wondering
where he gets these vocals from… It’s my favourite!
HeidiI love both tracks. XTC is brilliant..... One for the beginning of the night or proper sunrise sesh. My
next show isn't until June 25th so I won’t be able to play it until then. I love how it builds and builds and then the woman comes in talking. It will defo get some love from me and Knee on belly. Does he have any plans for a new album any time soon?
Mano Le ToughYep, superb stuff. Played XTC last weekend. Fantastic mood and love the vocal sample. Can
identify with it bigstylezzzz! Summer hit
Prins ThomasThank you! Its fantastic! Liking both sides ...
Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork)Thanks so much for keeping me on the promo list. I'm in love with "XTC". Reminds me a lot of "Cecily," my favorite Koze track ever. And in fact
both the sound and theme of "XTC" remind me of a
rainy drive back to Portland from the Oregon coast, the morning after a very woozy party at a friend's
beach house. I listened to "Cecily" on constant repeat, and felt the most exquisite melancholy. This
is the same kind of track. At first I wasn't sure about repeating the vocals twice, but I've gotten used to it. And at first I wasn't sure about that little cowbell
line, but it's slowly starting to make sense; it's the bit of quirk that keeps the track from being too
straight-ahead "deep." And "Knee on Belly" is a total jam. Good times ahead!
Michael RüttenKosi rules!
Tim SweeneyI love both them. Can’t wait to play it out. Koze’s the best!
Gerd JansonI think that this is Super dope already! And I’ve only checked the clips.. More detailed Feedback soon...
Charles WebsterWow! Love them both (as i thought i probably would)..... XTC is proper forward thinking house
music... No easy answers... Just quality.... The music has a very Ashra meditative feel to it... Great! .... and Knee on Belly is also v cool.. Quality deep loopy funk. Thnx v much...100% support from this guy!