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DJ Koze, 'Amygdala'
Courtesy of Pampa Records17/40

DJ Koze, 'Amygdala'

A tour de force by Teutonic EDM don Stefan Kozalla: ADHD hip-hop jump-cuts, sneaky melodies, oddball instrumentation, warped vocals. The shadow of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" floats through "Das Wort," while "Marilyn Whirlwind" (and who expected a shout out to Northern Exposure?) loops a virtual guitar jam. 

From the RS review: "Full of elegant techno minimalism, augmented with wildly eccentric detailing."

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