Ash Koosha - I AKA I
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #143 / 905
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2016 Ratings: #334
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
IDM, Glitch Hop / Genres
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I AKA I is a shedding of the shackles, a great example of what can happen when someone jettisons rigid structure for boundless creativity. This, above all else, makes Ash Koosha one of 2016's most important players and solidifies I AKA I as one of the most unique records to come out in years.


As with GUUD, Kooshanejad’s role seems to be something like that of an alchemist; he disassembles the music we know, messes around with the parts, and reassembles them into constructions that might still retain the architecture of the original…or might not.

Even at its darkest and strangest, Koosha's music rarely feels like it's trying to punish or alienate the listener. He seems excited to explore the possibilities of music-making technology, and the results are endlessly fascinating.
Koosha has incorporated a lot into his display of music, but it’s especially successful in terms of versatility. This isn’t just a statement on the wide range of sounds he engineers or the emotions he captures. The album as a whole is just as elastic as its pieces are.

These palpable points emerge out of the dark, and what’s left is something truly fresh, barely recognisable, a shuddering, bending feast of sound.

The Skinny

Skittish and layered, whimsical yet insistent, I AKA I somehow still comes together as a compellingly melodic listen; a bold and fascinating sophomore release from an inspiring, and inspired, artist. 

Rhythms slur and slow down; melodies coagulate and dissipate. It's exciting or directionless depending on your mood.
Resident Advisor

The number of quality movements ultimately stands as testament to his creativity. I AKA I moves from peak to peak, and you're never more than a couple of tracks away from open-mouthed awe.

this dude's production is crazy, one second his playing with thunderous bass drums and bouncy synths, the next he's fucking around with...

jars of lube? idfk
This whole album comes off more annoying than innovative or thought provoking. Some of the oscillations felt ear piercing, and ruined a majority of these songs.This is accompanied with unnecessary layers, where certain layers will over power each other to the point that they become a mess to listen to. I can see some people enjoying this for the overwhelming, chaotic randomness that these songs hit you with. The latter half of the album was more enjoyable when the sounds had more room to breath ... read more
Ash Koosha sigue apostado al collage alborotado y ambicioso en su segundo material de estudio, el cual presenta un distintivo llevado por un enfoque más central en las melodías, lo que hacen que sus canciones tengan un tono más rico en estructura, más lindo para el oído que no busca un sonido desafiante, un sonido hermoso, para evocar a sensaciones más agradables.
I liked Ooh Uhh and Biutiful. Everything else was painfully stale.
1. Ote 0
2. Feather 0.23
3. Eluded 0.31
4. In Line 0.08
5. Mudafossil 0.02
6. Hex 0.06
7. Ooh Uhh 0.01
8. Biutiful 0.15
9. Fool Moon 0.05
10. Make It Fast 0.06
11. Shah 0.11
12. Snow 0.08
13. Growl 0.07
14. Too Many 0.10
15. Needs 0
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Track List

  1. Ote
  2. Feather
  3. Eluded
  4. In Line
  5. Mudafossil
  6. Hex
  7. Ooh Uhh
  8. Biutiful
  9. Fool Moon
  10. Make It Fast
  11. Shah
  12. Snow
  13. Growl
  14. Too Many
  15. Needs
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Added on: January 27, 2016