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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.

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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.

Caribou

Your Love Will Set You Free / Mars - Inc. Carl Craig C2 Remix

Following the rapturously received top ten album 'Our Love', which has dominated end-of-year lists, Caribou closes the year on a high with this storming dancefloor 12", featuring a gloriously layered remix of "Your Love Will Set You Free" by the one and only Carl Craig, and killer Afro-inspired album cut "Mars". A firm believer in Caribou since he made his adept dancefloor transition with "Swim", Carl Craig requested the opportunity to remix an album track, choosing the emotionally charged album closer for the full C2 treatment. The Planet E man injects the rhythm section with a good thwack of dancefloor bump before augmenting Snaith's gorgeous melodies with some heavyweight synthesis the way only he can, building the track into a towering peak decorated with echo laden vocals, industrial strength reverb and gurgling machines. Absolutely MASSIVE! Snaith delivers an early Christmas present to all the hardworking DJs and true heads on the flip with the inclusion of his deep and bumping afro inspired "Mars". Slipping into Daphni moment for a second, Snaith serves up a rattling polyrhythm, powered by booming sub-heavy kicks, and tops it with exotic flute riffs and a stuttering vocal. Packed with two essential club killers CUT LOUD, this is one 12" you need in your record bag!


Caribou

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.


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