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It's been a while since we've heard from Dan Snaith's Daphni alias. "Cherry" arrives in splendid form, showing the producer in a relaxed and creative form - one that finds him allowing the machines to take a life of their own; tamed slightly by his subtle direction and wise interventions.

There's always been a kind of cross pollination between the organic and synthesized in Dan's work; whether it’s the manipulations of some quirky vocal snatch; the live drums contrasting with buzzing synthlines; it's that pursuit of humanoid expression that's kept us coming back for more and more from this dynamic and innovative producer. Working quickly and with new equipment, tracks spontaneously took a life of their own before Daphni worked to curtail them back to his own requirements - 'getting a snake to eat its own tale' as he puts it.

The perfect balance of club musics' forward expression and the infectious pop sensibilities carried by luminaries like Four Tet and Caribou; there's a charged energy to opening tracks "Arrow" and "Cherry" before the dazzlingly future-exotica-cum-club-banger "Always There" closes off side A with Balkanesque melodies and reversed synth fractals.

A soundscape of advanced synth sequencing and emotional response follows, opening the B-side in grandiose form before a phazed and filtered hook from a well known boogie track throws us into the Daphni tumble drier - blasting us next with squelchy jack beats on "Mania" and a ramped up modern French house hybrid "Take Two".

Side C contains three certifiable club tracks, stylishly dipping into strobe-lit house and techno. Meanwhile a swirl of discordance surrounds side D's opening track "Karplus" before "Amber" stutters and jerks; Daphni's subtle yet noticeable audioprint present and correct right till the end of the album. "Fly Away Concludes" in suitably ascending and epic fashion, a rocket blast to the outer galaxies courtesy of our faithful star commander. It's one hell of a double disc ride - constantly keeping us on our toes and gleaming into the future. Another triumph from this Canadian treasure. 


1/A1 Arrow 3.07
2/A2 Cherry 5.55
3/A3 Always There 3.41
4/B1 Crimson 2.54
5/B2 Arp Blocks 2.09
6/B3 Falling 1:12
7/B4 Mania 3:36
8/B5 Take Two 3:19
9/C1 Mona 2:51
10/C2 Clavicle 3:33
11/C3 Cloudy 6:51
12/D1 Karplus 1:48
13/D2 Amber 3:50
14/D3 Fly Away 2:54

Daphni (aka Caribou, aka Dan Snaith) follows up his special Fabriclive mix (made entirely of his own productions and edits) with a full length album released on his own Jiaolong imprint. What a prolific little bugger! Fully solidifying his vision and style across twelve tracks, it sees Snaith in comfortable but pioneering form; effortlessly delving into the highly compressed, chucky tribalism-meets-upfront-house music that's quickly becoming his signature. He might switch up the groove and mood, but usually within a few bars you recognize a Daphni production through its expertly mixed and constructed hooks. Not a frequency is out of place, allowing the tracks as much space and power as necessary, whether it be across digital radio bandwidth or rattling the Void rig down your nearest WHP. Daphni's tunes bite hard, yet the melodies and hooks are universally accessible. A tour de force from one of the decade's rising stars.


Barry says: It seems to be 'A thing' that Four Tet and Dan Snaith (Daphni / Caribou) release stuff very near each-other, and this is no exception. This time we get a fascinating and satisfying jaunt through funk, borderline ambient and downright tribal club tackle, peppered with the ever-present vocal snippets. Lovely.


1. Poly 02:18
2. Face To Face 05:43
3. Carry On 03:46
4. Vulture 04:35
5. Xing Tian 04:57
6. Vikram 05:40
7. Tin 04:33
8. The Truth 06:30
9. Hey Drum 06:51
10. Medellin 06:15
11. Joli Mai 04:49
12. Life's What You Make It. 03:52


Our Love - Inc. Daphni Remix

Caribou follows up the blink-and-you'll-miss-it "Can't Do Without You" 12" with limited single from his forthcoming album; this time hitting us with the title track "Our Love". As you'd expect, the track is a lesson in production for the rest of the mortals out there, as Snaith balances programmed rhythms with a live kit, seduces us with the wooziest synths out there and plays pitch shifted vocals with virtuoso skill. Ostensibly a tale of two halves, this one builds into the kind of peak time monster the dancefloor was made for. The introduction is a emotional affair which sees the producer balancing those trademark ingredients which made "Swim" a classic with a couple of jazzy new additions, while the latter segment of the track is a floor burning rave assault featuring a tasty interpolation of Inner City's "Good Life". It's massive in other words. On the flip, Snaith partakes in a little split personality partying, switching into Daphni mode to mix the shit out the A-side. This one means business right from the off, hitting you with a one-two combo of bubbling analogue basslines like a long lost Virgo Four record before unleashing a full scale percussion assault. Gradually the spectral synthlines and pitch shifted vocals of the original float through the sound field prompting a little hands in the air excitement. This is total floor flaying madness; 100% essential!

Second limited 12" from Caribou. Title track from album plus Daphni Mix.


A. Our Love
B. Our Love (Daphni Rework)

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