DJ Koze, Mrs. Bojangels

[Circus Company]

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Stefan Kozalla has been on a roll for an unnaturally long stretch of time in the mercurial dance music community. His particular take on house music is generally full of humor, energy, and some of the most killer earworms in existence, and his first single for 2009 is no exception. “Mrs. Bojangels” kicks off with a bang, riding a bed of relentless percussion clatter and a flanged riff into near oblivion, but still tethered to earth by the gritty vocal samples and steady rhythmic pulse. A revelatory organ bursting like sunshine through the clouds at around the three minute mark leads to a glorious breakdown, but it doesn’t last and you don’t want it to. Everything is woozy, unbalanced, and slightly hallucinogenic like all of Koze’s best work, but the rough and ready percussion that winds throughout the track is just enough to keep it from drifting too far into the ether. The combination of the surreal and the gritty make it utterly irresistible and a must for repeat listens — I guarantee you missed something the first time through.

If “Mrs. Bojangles” displays a raggedly tough edge, flipside “Dr. Fuck” leaves it looking like a Burl Ives ditty. With a demented-sounding voice over and what sounds like a seriously treated accordion riff over some kitchen sink pings and bongs and Space Invaders noises, this is Koze at his most acidic, but with enough bizarro touches to make it more than a mere Chicago homage. It all seems to be held together with scotch tape and spit, but somehow it works, even with the beat disappearing for minutes at a time and some truly odd sounds that appear precisely when they’re least expected. It takes a special skill set to tread the line between madness and genius so delicately, and Koze does it here with style points to spare.

ballyhoo  on May 27, 2009 at 1:12 AM

gotta hand it to koze for pushing his sound… but it’s too freaking clean!

is koze starting to remind anyone else of a neutered super_collider?

Dissenter  on May 27, 2009 at 8:10 AM

overrated. bassline with percussion and intermittent sound effects, pretty standard at the moment.

hutlock  on May 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM

I respect your opinion, Dissenter, but I think another few listens might show you that there’s a lot more going on here than just that.

Ron T  on May 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM

“bassline with percussion…pretty standard at the moment.” I guess you must listening to some way far out tunes Dissenter if a dance track with a bassline and percussion doesn’t do it for you, and I guess dance music for the past 30 years then has been pretty standard.

And Ballyhoo, have you listened to Dr. Fuck? Track is psycho, not clean. I bought this record the other day and have been enjoying it massively. Play it out on a real stereo and it works great

chris  on May 29, 2009 at 7:29 AM

agreed with todd, this is one exceptional record. got it the day it was released and it hasn’t left my turntable.

Leópold  on May 30, 2009 at 4:59 AM

Class A. Not a standard House track by any means. First entry on my top 10 for 2009.

Dunford  on May 31, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Pretty incredible, if you ask me. All I want, usually, is a bassline and some percussion. However, there’s way more here than a pulse and some boom-bips. A+


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