DJ Koze – Reincarnations: The Remix Chapter 2001-2009

May 26, 2009

Stefan Kozalla/DJ Koze

Stefan Kozalla/DJ Koze

DJ Koze, “Reincarnations: The Remix Chapter 2001-2009.” I’ve found myself drifting back again and again to this one over the past month or so. Kind of like Seger, down on Main Street, I guess.

Though the work that is collected on this compilation was done over a period of years, the tracks are sequenced very nicely and flow together so that you can listen to it straight through like a regular album or DJ mix. Some of the remixes, the one of Battles’ “Atlas” being the leading case in point, sound totally different from the originals. Others, like Heiko Voss’ “Think About You,” stay closer to their sources but still sound new and interesting. In fact, each of the 13 full-length tracks presented here holds up as a highly original work of art. Highlights are hard to single out, since everything’s so good, but for me they would have to include Weschel Garland’s “Swim,” Noze’s “Danse Avec Moi,” and Sascha Funke’s “Mango Cookie.”

And then, above all, there’s Koze’s remix of Matias Aguayo’s “Minimal.” True, that started out as a nice and funny song. But Koze turns it into an absolute masterpiece.

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