50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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DJ Koze, 'Knock Knock'
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DJ Koze, 'Knock Knock'

We Say: Stefan Kozalla is the rare DJ who doesn't usually dial back his presence when producing vocal tracks, nor does he overwhelm the singer; instead, he insists that everyone shine simultaneously – a nice metaphor for the dance floor's egalitarian, communal spirit. ... "Bonfire" cut 'n' pastes vocal samples from Bon Iver's "Calgary," making new meanings with Justin Vernon's warmly cryptic words in a massage-chair techno groove. ... His best slight of hand is "Pick Up," which isolates bits of Gladys Knight's vocals from her exquisitely lugubrious 1972 ballad signature "Neither One of Us (Want to Be The First to Say Goodbye)" and releases them incrementally, like so many luftballoons, over a dizzying disco-house groove. W.H.

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