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Essential Listening: DJ Koze
Essential Listening: DJ Koze

Having honed his skills as a DJ, producer, remixer and musician, Germany’s DJ Koze is one of the countries most respected figures in electronic music. Aside from beginning his career within his home countries hip-hop scene as his solo alias and band Fiscmob, Stefan Kozalla worked his way up the ladder as a DJ, combining his hip-hop style mixing with subtle, deep house and techno. Having been voted the DJ Of The Year by SPEX magazine over six consecutive years starting in 1999 and even a DMC runner up, his skills as a DJ are undeniable.

Koze’s record label Pampa, which he co-owns with his old friend Marcus Fink, is, like his reputation as a DJ, stellar. As well as being a platform for his own music, Pampa has shed light on music producers from all corners of the globe, be it artists like Die Vogel or live bands such as Ada, with its sound morphing through trippy electronica and soulful house and techno.

DJ Koze’s hefty reputation extends much further than Germany, with a rigorous touring schedule usually keeping him busy all year round. The summer ahead is no exception, as Stefan will be appearing at Lost Village Festival, The Garden Party, Detonate Festival, Parklife Festival and Field Day during the next couple of months.

Here we have opted to choose 5 of Koze’s more dance floor oriented cuts to give just a miniscule taste of what to expect from one of Berlin’s fondest electronic music artists. 

Herbert – It’s Only (DJ Koze Remix)
Perhaps Koze’s most well known single. This cropped up in the record bags of DJs all over the globe and spent weeks at the top spot on the charts of nearly all music outlets.

DJ Koze – XTC
Koze’s most recent release on his Pampa imprint. Gently euphoric and most certainly uplifting.

Moderat – Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix)
A highly collectible Koze track. Modeselektor and Apparat’s Moderat moniker released this remix EP, which features this tack alongside another great remix from his friend and label mate Robag Wruhme.

DJ Koze – I Want To Sleep
Another one of his more popular picks, this is the B-side on Koze’s Let’s Love EP.

DJ Koze – La Duquesa
Part of the double sided single release ahead of his solo LP Amygdala, which again proved to be an effective curveball in the performances of countless international DJs.

Catch DJ Koze showing off the treasures within is record bag this Sunday at The Garden Party Leeds, June 4th at Detonate Festival, June 11th at Field Day and June 12th at Parklife.

Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Cohenshi