Amygdala

DJ Koze - Amygdala
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #95 / 955
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2013 Ratings: #69
March 25, 2013 / Release Date
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Pampa / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Pitchfork

While it’s not likely to set the world on fire, dig beneath the pastel sheen and Amygdala is uncommonly engrossing for a techno album.

85
The 405

Slowly sifting through music this immersive and hypnotic, though, is a pleasure in itself, and discovering those flourishes just adds another level of fulfilment on top of an already multi-faceted and uniquely satisfying piece of work.

85
Beats Per Minute

The record is unshowy on the surface but layered deeply with revelatory spots of pure genius. Nothing here is overtly thrilling but ultimately the record is a real joy to listen to.

80
Spin

Amygdala is the most fearless and most accomplished thing he's ever made: a smorgasbord of sonic possibility, a new idea around every corner, each vibrantly alive in a wide sound field.

80
AllMusic

He adds frilly ornamentation -- sprightly mallets, daffy strings -- to stern rhythms and ominous textures, rubberizes everything, and makes it sound natural and elegant. 

70
Drowned in Sound

Amygdala is a thoroughly immersive album, possessing so many layers that it seems to change upon each listen.

EntryIncomplete
90
DJ Koze returns with an album that blows his last lp out of the water. Amygdala is a fantastic, immersive blend of Koze's quirky soundplay and his ability to make a great groove. Bringing on amazing features, like Caribou and Matthew Dear, to deepen the soundscape even further, with soft vocal cuts fading in and out of the mix.
Amygdala isn't very flashy, or hyperactive, but the surprising amount of emotions it brings forth shows that you don't need a lot to say a lot. Every track here is a ... read more
musicmagpie55
95
I love 'Knock Knock,' I think it is inventive and diverse and exciting. 'Amygdala' is a personal favorite album of all time. It is like having an affair with someone who knows everything about music. The songs are emotive, silly, punchy, and relatable. It is melancholic but expansive; the melodic lines give me hope. An album that plays with nostalgia as an emotive tool, Dj Koze finds a sweet spot between the electronic reverie he is so good at and the more accessible themes of isolation and ... read more
Angstyout
84
fucking amazeballs
tha138
79
Intelligent mixing of different sounds that serves a vibrant, fresh fistful of almonds(=amygdala in greek).
Delightful.
90
Serious songwriting craft and house music mashed together in a glorious melange.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/Resident Advisor
#5/XLR8R
#24/The 405
#32/Pitchfork
/NPR Music

Track List

  1. Track ID Anyone
  2. Nices Wlkchen
  3. Royal Asscher Cut
  4. Magical Boy
  5. Das Wort
  6. Homesick
  7. La Duquesa
  8. Marilyn Whirlwind
  9. My Plans
  10. Dont Lose My Mind
  11. Amygdala
  12. Ich Schreib' Dir Ein Buch 2013
  13. NooOoo
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Added on: March 27, 2013