If you're looking for an alternative to functional techno or boorish bass music, then you've come to the right place. Over twelve tracks Dntel delivers an album that places great emphasis on melodies and dream-like textures. Although there is a good deal of variety on Aimlessness - compare and contrast the warm, fuzzy ambience of "Never Say Goodbye" and "Waitingfortherest II" - the underlying sound design and approach favours the seductively fragile. There are some echoes of Dntel's glitch past, most notably on "Bright Night" and "Retracer", but the highlights here are the dreamy, wispy arrangements like "Doc" and "Paper Landscape".
Providing a choice pair of remixes for the Pampa imprint, Koze enlists himself and Die Vogel to perform surgery on tracks from Herbert and Dntel respectively. Die Vogel's version of "My Orphaned Son" is an endearing excursion into pastoral house music, where music box chimes meet with strummed bass, stoic brass and simmering strings in a purposeful and finely balanced track founded on club dynamics but expressed through a richer tapestry of sounds. Koze's version of "It's Only" finds him in brooding mood, as largely depicted by the prowling organ line. There's all the goodness (or should that say weirdness?) that you want from a Koze jam, playing on emotions with unconventionality like only he can.