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Knock Knock

DJ Koze

Knock Knock

Latest release from the Hamburg techno producer Stefan Kozalla includes guest appearances from Wagner, Róisín Murphy and Speech (Arrested Development)

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
Pampa
UK Release date
04/05/2018
US Release date
04/05/2018
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    There hasn’t been a more purely enjoyable record released in 2018
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  2. 9.0 |   Crack

    Sure he’s as goofy as ever, but it feels like Stefan Kozella is that step closer to knowing who DJ Koze is. And DJ Koze is someone to treasure
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Knock Knock is full of surprises, and Koze is floating, in a meditative stance, watching over your shoulder as you revel in its resplendent glory
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Koze’s superb imagination makes him able to mesh genres and styles that in the normal world shouldn’t work, but this is Koze’s world and we are just living in it – for now at least
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  5. 8.8 |   Resident Advisor

    Even though Knock Knock has little to do with the club, it's still electronic music. Knock Knock is a blend of house, hip-hop and folk that avoids the conventional chords of, say, pop or indie
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  6. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Listening to Stefan Kozalla’s latest is an essential experience. He finds the moments that express wistful longing, burrows into them, and then blows it all up to color-saturated widescreen
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Continually bends and warps, jumps and starts, fully absorbing its antedecents and regurgitating a masterstroke of contemporary electronic music
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The magic of DJ Koze lies in the unique complex musical terror he's built. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    A visionary blend of minimal techno and armchair psychedelia, jammed with canny features. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The eccentric producer uses samples and collaborations to brilliantly exploit the spaces between deep house, trip-hop and R&B on an appealingly odd album
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    He manages to push his sample manipulations further over the edge than before, with shredded, Mouse on Mars-like vocal mutations popping up all over the place, even on some of the album's most dramatic songs, lending to a very strange dynamic
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  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The mood is uplifting but chill and definitely psychedelic – think Disclosure's Settle designed less for a discotheque than an Ayahuasca ceremony
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  13. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The record isn’t immediately absurd, but rather keeps its composure and subtly turns convention on its head with a smile
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  14. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Don’t worry, Koze’s got you covered
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    What makes it special is that ‘aha’ moment could be anywhere, depending where Koze hits you the hardest
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  16. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Although Kozalla uses a mostly digital approach these days, it's clear that many of the samples on hand are from an era before computers, retaining a warm, dusty ambience that envelopes the record
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  17. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    This is the kind of album you might find yourself less inclined to play all the way through than scroll through the tracklist and queue up songs at will, but there’s enough great music here that you could have a new favorite song every day
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  18. 7.5 |   The 405

    DJ Koze takes it easy across the earnest, often delightful knock knock
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  19. 7.0 |   music OMH

    When the album comes to a close – with pulsing bass and swirling vocal layers slowly fading out – it feels like the end of some strange Odyssean journey, one that you may want to embark on again before long
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  20. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    It aims for the head more than it does the heart, and that's fine. It's an approach that makes it an easy album to appreciate, even if it is tremendously difficult to love
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  21. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    The album has its lows (a few songs drift too close to dorm-room-hookah music), but the highs vastly outnumber them. DJ Koze has created another fascinating album out of a world of sounds
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