Much like the electronica-tinged ear worms on Warp’s seminal Artificial Intelligence series, Vester Koza’s long-awaited loader mither LP splits the difference between dimly lit clubs and left-field living rooms. Which makes sense; Koza began to find his creative bearings in the mid ’90s, when the Nirvana-stoked Alternative Nation ruled the airwaves alongside the UK’s burgeoning rave culture and cutting edge drum ‘n’ bass. Koza found a way to bridge that divide when he moved to Manchester and “met guys with long hair and guitars who listened to Squarepusher.” Guys just like him.
Koza wasn’t interesting in sticking to just one sound, however; he “tried my hand at a bit of everything—hip-hop beats, drum ‘n’ bass, kind of progressive trance… but none of it sounded like what it was supposed to.” Ah, but that’s kinda the point, and exactly why Koza’s debut is one of the year’s most dynamic solo albums. Its obsessive pursuit of perfection—realized within restless sample banks and synth lines—eludes any easy descriptions beyond what is already written above.
So Self Titled did the next best thing: they asked Koza to break it down, track by tricked-out track….
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