Amygdala marks a return to the LP format for DJ Koze after an eight year absence. Perhaps aware of the weight of expectation, the Pampa Records co-founder and revered minimal house figurehead has enlisted a star-studded cast of collaborators to pitch in on the album. Contributions come from across the electronic music spectrum, ranging from Apparat’s ethereal electronica to Detroit techno-pop maven Matthew Dear. But one of the most appealing collaborations comes from Canada’s Dan Snaith, aka Caribou.
Caribou has, of course, had his own flirtations with house music in recent years. 2010’s Swim saw the producer’s feather-light vocal ride over a ramshackle pulse, while an album under his Daphni alias last year was aimed squarely at the dancefloor. This isn’t his first outing with Koze, either: the latter remixed ‘Odessa’ in 2010, to gorgeously twinkly effect.
Caribou seizes the chance to return the favour on the light-footed ‘Track ID Anyone?’. The title may be a barbed reference to the web generation’s pathological distaste for the unknown, but the warm, mellifluous pads and kalimba-like tones sound anything but malicious. Caribou’s vocal is beautifully diffident as he recounts his weekly routine, paired with a gentle horn section in the latter half. ‘So far, so good’, sings Snaith; here’s hoping the rest of the album reaches similar heights.
Amydgala is due for release through Pampa on March 23.