DJ Koze comes up to task for the next re-construction of Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard’s ‘For You’, following up from the re-interpretation by Diynamic’s Solomun and Pachanga Boys.
The maverick of flawless productions develops two narratives for this remix package: The first is a club mix composed of layered, floor-raising chords while ruffling up the original vocals gradually and elegantly. The second is a Mbira remix, filled with African-inspired percussive inklings and sprinkled with effortless melodic flourishes. With two accompanying instrumental versions, DJ Koze takes us to the final curtain, closing the end chapter to Michael Mayer’s acclaimed ‘&’ project.
24 February 2017 / !K7
1. For You (DJ Koze Club Mix)
2. For You (DJ Koze Club Instrumental)
3. For You (DJ Koze Mbira Mix)
4. For You (DJ Koze Mbira Instrumental Mix)
Directors: Al Kennington & Dara O’Neill
DJ Koze and Marcus Fink’s Pampa Records have shared the first of 19 brand new tracks from their upcoming “Various Artists – Pampa Vol. 1” compilation.
You can now hear DJ Koze’s remix of Roman Flügel’s track “9 Years,” which closed out the latter’s epic Radio 1 Essential mix last year and incorporates the snare drum of a Mood II Swing track.
The compilation features all new tracks from longtime label artists such as Axel Boman and Isolée, and newcomers including Jamie xx, Gold Panda and Mount Kimbie.
A message from Pampa along with a quote from each artist about their contribution to the compilation below.
We are touched to finally present you Pampa Vol. 1. When we decided to go for a label compilation our main goal was: Every single song has to be a star!
Almost 2 years we kept chasing and squeezing the best out of our good friends and admired artists until we finally got what we dreamed of in the beginning: A Firmament of Stars.
We kindly asked the stars behind the stars to write a little quote on their work.”
Lianne de Havas – Lost and Found (Matthew Herbert Remix)
Matthew: “I loved the original track and one day I was in a hotel room in Italy and took an mp3 of the finished track and tried to chop it in to shape before a gig. I don’t normally do this kind of thing, so feel a bit awkward about the whole affair.”
Roman Flügel – 9 Years ( Dj Koze Remix)
Kosi: “As I listened to this beauty I felt a deep wish to make a version for the club in a decent and humble way. Just adding a beat and stretching the arrangement to 10 minutes. Only god knows how the significant snare drum of my favourite Mood II Swing Classics made it into my version. We asked these old heroes for permission and a new child was born.”
Ada – You And Me
Michaela: “There was this organ-melody I had in mind but after a while I got stuck…then Dj Koze joined in and suggested to add a beat, so I followed his advice and snatched one from Die Vögel.”
Axel Boman – In The Dust Of The Planet
Axel: “In my recent music the end part of my songs are getting longer and longer. More than half the song is an extended ending. I aim to stretch that end until the beginning is completely erased and the end becomes the beginning. A metaphor for life, aging and my fear of dying. I think this song is an important step towards this new start.”
Nasrawi – Bump With You
Nasrawi: “‘Bump with You’ was a part of a full album that I thought could be Pampa style, so I played it for Kosi while driving us around Dubai all weekend, not saying a thing about who the music was made by. Then on the way to the airport he finally wanted to know what the hell this track was and boom, a new Pampa track was born, fresh like a Barsha Falafel!”
Funkstörung – I Does It
Fakesch: “’I Does It’ is the best statement in hip hop history…period! It throws us back to the future: late 70’s Funk, early 90’s HipHop, 2016 Electronic…it proves why Funkstörung got the Funk! A crazy collab with our favourite weirdo ‘Sensational’ (former Jungle Brothers)!”
Jackmate – Pacemaker
Michel: “Pacemaker happened at the end of an all-nite-jam, catching that moment of fatigue harmony and overdoze…“
Lawrence – Glow
Pete: “Travelling by night can be the most inspiring thing in a DJ’s life – a journey between complete emptiness and wonderful insanity. Almost connected to utopia one seeks for the brilliance. Producing a piece of music prior a night out at the club a guide through nowhereness- sometimes it glows in the dark…!”
Dntel – Snowshoe
Jimmy: “We bought snowshoes a couple years ago but never ended up in any snow, so a year later I returned them, unused. I thought about them a lot, though, and this song reminded me of them.”
Josef – I Wonder
Josef: “I originally tried to make a song like Unicorn Kids´s ‘Pure Space’, longing and youthful and with that kind of synthesizer but in the end this little song came out…”
Michel Cleis – Un Prince
Michel: “‘Un Prince’ is the first almost finished track I produced for my forthcoming album. Harmonies and arrangement appeared very fast. Colour addition came through a recording session with singer Sophie Hunger and *keys man* Alexis Anérilles having tasty food, good Italian wine and rainy days as inspiring partners.”
Die Vögel: Everything
Mense: “We had a kind of British 2-Step beat with some clarinet-melodies and got stuck. Then DJ Koze joined in and suggested to get rid of the beat. That was a wise decision. Sophia Kennedy sang the lyrics which begin melancholic and end sanguine and the music does the exact opposite. And that’s that.”
Mount Kimbie – Bells_5
Kai: “The track Bells_5 came together just after I had broken up with my girlfriend and was homeless, sleeping in the studio in Bermondsey, South London. I used acoustic foam to make a bed and turned the guitar amps on at night for heating. Love the hi-hat sound in this one.”
Stimming – No 17
Martin: “A tiny spinet chord progression, a low analogue tanzbär woouap, a pinch of ritalin and fresh mountain air are the ingredients for my track no17.”
Isolée – I Like It Here Can I Stay
Rajko: “I wrote this song during a transitional period in my life for my cat. It is inspired by an Apache Native American custom. When someone is really sick, a medicine man performs a very sacred ceremony where they chant to the ill individual.”
Jamie xx & Kosi Kos – Come We Go
Jamie: “This song is an ode to London’s orbital motorway, the M25. I was thinking about a family who was so isolated, so removed from society, that they would just go and spend the end of their days in a car. The cooperation with Kosi has nothing to do with it.”
Gold Panda – Black Voices
Derwin Digger: “This track started out as a remix for a group called Voices of Black who released some 12″s on Wolf & Lamb and my Notown label. They are currently on hiatus. The original sketch became this little jam I made in hope that one day they’ll work together again.”
Acid Pauli – Nana
Martin : “Recently my friend Adrina gave me a little white tissue with the following words printed on: “Manifest with precision.”
Every time I read it , I think about Nana and how precisely she manifested in this piece (of music), the moment she left our world but not.”
Roman Flügel – 9 Years
Roman: “When I started to work on ‘9 Years‘ I was thinking of a particular beautiful and on going relationship and how precious friendship is in general. One day I suggested the track to Kosi and he felt it immediately. His club version which he sent to me completely out of the blue somehow emphasized my originally feelings.”
1. Lianne La Havas Lost & Found (Matthew Herbert Remix)
2. Roman Flügel – 9 Years (DJ Koze Remix)
3. Ada – You and me
4. Axel Boman – In the dust of this planet
5. Nasrawi – Bump with you
6. Funkstörung – I does it
7. Jackmate feat. Nik Reiff – Pacemaker
8. Lawrence – Glow
9. Dntel – Snowshoe
1. Josef – I wonder
2. Michel Cleis – Un prince
3. Die Vögel – Everything
4. Mount Kimbie – Bells_5
5. Stimming – No. 17
6. Isolée – I like it here can I stay?
7. Jamie xx & Kosi Kos – Come we go
8. Gold Panda – Black voices
9. Acid Pauli – Nana
10. Roman Flügel – 9 years
After recently releasing his contribution to the long-running DJ-Kicks mix series (his being the 50th installment), DJ Koze is back today to share the video for his exclusive song and mix opener from the compilation, “I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List.”
The Katharina Duve and Timo Schierhorn-directed clip came about when Koze and company were “on our way to shoot some ancient hippie caves somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean,” when according to Koze they “incidentally met a lovely bloke cruising the beaches on his Omamobil. He showed us the ways of his island and the key to happiness. And then he sold us a lottery ticket.”
Check out the video below.
After recently announcing that he would be helming the 50th installment of the revered DJ-Kicks series, Hamburg’s DJ Koze is back today to share his exclusive original contribution to the mix. “I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List,” which also opens the mix as a whole, finds the producer setting the tone for the 70 minute mix, which blends breezy and soulful tunes with more melancholic moments in a playful way that only Koze can. Check out the track below. More info about the forthcoming DJ-Kicks installment here. Pre-order here.
DJ Koze – with his friendly and sometimes slightly melancholic take on the world – is one of the greatest auteurs of club music today. Countless gigs worldwide, assorted productions and remixes have brought the Hamburg native to the center of the scene. He is particularly admired for the niceness, the weirdness, the soul and the humor in his music. And also because he makes it clear that music is something bigger and more encompassing than just a party. Koze is one of the few internationally active DJs who dares to make music that has relevance beyond the club.
Yet Kosi has never held up a certain style as a signifier for his music. He is concerned with the bigger picture, which is formed by a relentless curiosity and a penchant for making unlikely connections. His discography includes the hip hop of his early rap act Fischmob, the soul and funk of International Pony, the mixture between Dadaism and sonic research with Adolf Noise, and the reduced psychedelic house that he publishes under his own name.
During the 70-minute journey on his DJ Kicks – the 50th edition – Kosi Kos manages to establish a uniform color even though genres alternate in a way that is rarely heard on a mix CD: the stripped down hip hop of Madlib, brutalist Berghain techno, timeless songwriting, floating indie-pop and outlier numbers that oscillate between absurdity and melancholy. Koze’s disregard for the stylistic yoke presents him with an immense challenge. Hence, almost all the tracks are more or less edited, and one is fully rhymed (Session Victim: Hyuwee)
Koze rambles on here himself: “I didn’t want to kick around sophisticated knowledge, but rather try and weave together some good gems that would make sense to anyone, even people who aren’t necessarily music nerds”. But this is blabbing that you can count on, also because he approaches the term “mix” from a different angle and doesn’t even try to make something fit that doesn’t fit: “During the day, I don’t need to hear anything that’s mixed on the beat. I put the focus on making sure that it works harmoniously – the idea is more to create the impression of a radio show, like people such as John Peel did so uniquely. There is a giant cosmos of music and it runs through my filter”.
He makes the point with his own brand new exclusive DJ Kicks opening track – once again from a different angle. the Dilla-esque “I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List” with its melting, fragile soul samples, the pinched, anxiously-expressive vocal snippets and sweet guitar riff says it all, and whets your appetite for more and more. The mood is gentle, laid back, extremely open and ready to take risks.
The space of the set has been opened. After the cool Dimlite track “Can’t Get Used To Those” and a long lost Boards of Canada remix, the journey heads straight over to LA, with three tracks from the legendary Stones Throw label. Two edited instrumentals from the maestro Madlib: Strong Arm Steady, Homeboy Sandman & Freddy Gibbs combine the sweetness of yesteryear with the beats of the present day – sweet surprise included! “The beats are unquantized and elements are too loud. Everything sounds broken, cracked. It’s punk and yet it has so much soul. There’s a hint of madness hidden beneath the blanket of harmony.”
MNDSGN’s “Camelblues” takes out the tempo and connects the sound world with the tangible. Suddenly, the Indian philosopher and guru Osho appears. That guy again.
The hitherto almost unused open mics of the hip hoppers are now gently taken up by the songwriters: “Pieces that are dear to my heart, that have a longevity, that are simply there and will sound good in many years. You don’t have to understand anything. They are greater and freer than anything else you’ll hear.”
Broadcast connect direct, serious, sixties-schooled narration with impenetrable electronic sounds, which are then met with Daniel Lanois’ shimmering steel guitar. The next track is a mash-up (or a “Kosi Kos Mélange”) of a hip-hop instrumental from the Cincinnati-based producer Hi-Tek and the A cappella of The 2 Bears song “Modern Family”.
It’s pure magic! “When an a cappella is placed over another instrumental and in a different tonal setting, it’s usually even more beautiful than the original, because the vocal melody is no longer so understandable. Singers otherwise often follow the music too stringently. So then you wonder: How can somebody sing so monotonously over such varied music? The friction that arises is often magical.”
Also sad and melancholy is William Shatner’s “It Hasn’t Happened Yet”, a merciless pondering of a failed life that has the vocal magnitude of a Brian Ferry and the clarity and sobriety of Hall & Oates or Steely Dan. Marker Starling (Mantler) continues this serene seriousness, but exchanges the slick seventies songwriting for an extremely contemporary stylistic freedom.
Then Koze once again presents an entire new vocabulary. A guitar plays around heavy, flowing chords and a droning bass. With Session Victim’s “Hyuwee”, the imperative straight bass drum makes its first appearance in this set. Koze remixed the individual tracks from the piece with almost no new sounds and mixed and arranged them completely differently: The elements are free, they seem more detached, more insistent and eery, drifting away from the dance floor. The techno cosmos appears when it is completely unexpected, yet it carries on the unique mood of the Koze’s opener, the sadness of the beats by Hi-Tek or the depth of Shatner’s confession. The same goes for the heavy dub techno by Frank & Tony in Koze’s edit: even more melancholy and lonely. The soundscapes of the Berghain techno by Marcel Fengler are of enormous, besieging, intangible – yet they seem easy, charming and hypnotic: “A great, deep number. I thinned it out to bring it in, so that it has a chance to build up the tempo.”
Koze blended his thoughtful, contemplative version of the Portable track from the vocal version, instrumental and A cappella. “Superstar” by The Gentle People is a brilliant finale: As with Koze’s opening track, here the vocals and electronic sounds blend together and transform a bad feeling into a wounded, broken and – for that very reason – invincible energy.
This DJ Kicks is light music, and it entertains like hardly any other piece of music. At the same time, Koze reveals himself – with his entire musical biography and all his emotional contradictions. Koze sends us into a maze – and looks us straight in the eye, more directly than ever before.
DJ Koze DJ Kicks (!K7)
June 15, 2015
02. Dimlite – Can’t Get Used To Those? (Kosi Edit) / Efdemin – Ohara
03. cLOUDDEAD – Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Remix)
04. Strong Arm Steady – Best Of Times (Instrumental)
05. Homeboy Sandman – Holiday (Kosi & Fink’s Edit)
06. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame (Instrumental)
07. Mndsgn – Camelblues (Kosi Edit)
08. Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool
09. Daniel Lanois – Carla
10. Hi-Tek / The 2 Bears – Come Get It (Tekstrumental) / Modern Family (Kosi Kos Mélange)
11. William Shatner – It Hasn’t Happened Yet
12. Marker Starling – In Stride
13. Session Victim – Hyuwee (DJ Koze Remix)
14. Frank & Tony – Bring The Sun feat. Gry (Kosi Edit)
15. Marcel Fengler – Jaz (Kosi Edit)
16. Portable feat. Lcio – Surrender (Kosi Edit)
17. The Gentle People – Superstar
A year has passed since DJ Koze released his masterpiece Amygdala, which was heralded worldwide with numerous awards and prizes. Now, after Reincarnations – The Remix Chapter 2001-2009 and Music Is Okay (2000), comes the third major exhibition of DJ Koze’s work as a remix virtuoso: Reincarnations Pt 2.
Alongside the acclaimed solo albums Kosi Comes Around (2005), Wo die Rammelwolle fliegt (as Adolf Noise, 2005) and Amygdala (2013), it is primarily through his remixes that DJ Koze, like no other producer of electronic music, sets new standards again and again. His musical and storytelling skills always seem to shine a little brighter when he lets all his love and passion flow into the music of other artists. There are many songs where people first recall the DJ Koze version. Remixes to remember.
For Reincarnations Pt 2 DJ Koze, aka Swahimi, der Unerleuchtete, (Swahimi, the Unenlightened), collected 12 of his musical rebirths in an old wicker basket, where otherwise a small cat can be found sleeping. Once more, DJ Koze refines and varies his colors and shapes, styles and materials. He prefers to reach a crescendo on the dance floor in his own special way – often the loud becomes the quiet, the heavy stands in contrast with the gentle. Koze’s remix of Moderat’s “Bad Kingdom” makes a hymn from a hit. His reworking of the two Herbert tracks “It’s Only” and “You Saw It All” feel like abstract paintings, yet function simultaneously as great pop music. And his wonderful arrangements for Caribou, Who Made Who, Ada, Gonzales, Soap & Skin, and finally, as a crowning glory, Apparat’s “Blackwater”, have all long since become classics.
In the mountains, they say, the direct route always leads from summit to summit. An experienced mountaineer, DJ Koze also leads us along winding paths, up through shady valleys and high over the clouds. Reincarnations Pt 2 is that kind of journey, rambling and floating, a grand illumination. Enlightened.
Below you can stream the new unheard remixes of Matthew Dear’s ‘Little People (Black City)’ and Tocotronic’s ‘Kapitulation’. Reincarnations Pt 2 is out now October 27th 2014 on Koze’s Pampa.