DJ Koze, Kosi Comes Around

David Stubbs

By David Stubbs

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kosi Comes Around

DJ Koze
An assured exhibition of one producer’s reluctance to be caught in any one groove.

Hamburg's Stefan Kozalla, aka DJ Koze, epitomises the lush, well-watered state of contemporary German techno. On this, his 2005 debut for the Kompakt label, he gives an assured exhibition of his reluctance to be caught in any one groove. It ranges from the almost whimsically personal (“My Grandmotha”) to the blazingly epic. “Estrella” is friendly on both the feet and ear, a velvet wash of electronic balm. “Barock Am Ring” is more involved, almost psychedelic in its faint intimations of toy boxes come alive and slo-mo acid flashbacks. Then there's the ruthlessly repetitive “The Geklöppel Continues” and, finally, “Brutalga Sqaure,” a near-ten minute electronic drama whose grim surge and ebb recalls the pursuit of Orson Welles's Harry Lime through the sewers of Vienna in The Third Man.