Preview Daphni’s vocal rework of James Holden’s forthcoming 10″ cut “Renata” here.
Dan Snaith’s career has taken quite a startling path from his earliest days on Leaf Records crafting bucolic electronica as Manitoba, before switching to the Caribou moniker yet continuing on a largely similar path. However 2010’s Swim was something of a watershed moment for the Canadian producer, as his indie-inflected, worldly sound managed that rare feat of striking a chord with all and sundry. He allowed in just enough house music to be embraced by the contemporary club scene (leading to a remix of Virgo Four for Rush Hour no less),while keeping enough solid song structures, vocals and organic instrumentation to keep less dance music savvy listeners on side. It’s always refreshing to see artists forge their own determinedly distinct sound and gain acceptance across the board, and it really seemed to come at no expense in terms of quality.
Domino Recording Co. will collate a heady selection of the countless remixes for key label artists they have in their discography on a forthcoming compilation entitled Motion Sickness.
Ahead of the release of Jiaolong, Dan Snaith’s forthcoming full length exploration of the Daphni sound, a simple yet wonderfully kaleidoscopic video has surfaced for album track “Pairs”.
The ever chameleonic musical path of Dan Snaith will take another interesting turn with the news the Canadian producer will release JIAOLONG, a full album under the Daphni moniker.
The onerous prospect of sharing a tour bus with arch miserablists Radiohead for thirty odd dates across the world doesn’t seem to have dampened the spirits of Caribou mainman Dan Snaith or indeed his prodigious work rate.
No sooner do we report on a forthcoming remix for Sofrito than Snaith drops a full preview of the next release on his Jialong label. Pleasingly left of field in choice, he once again dons the Daphni moniker to lay down remixes of the title track from Does It Look Like I’m Here? the 2010 album from Editions Mego trio Emeralds.
Given the epic nature of both, they are possibly aimed for the raft of festival DJing dates Snaith most likely has lined up over the summer months. You can listen to both remixes in full below and we expect JIALONG 002 to drop on 12″ imminently.
Dan Snaith’s reincarnation as Daphni continues unabated with the first single on his newly minted Jiaolong imprint. Fans of the recent Resista twelves will no doubt be intrigued to hear what the difference in sound is with Jiaolong. Whilst Snaith is still essentially re-editing obscure tracks here too, there does appear to be more emphasis on an electronic sound than the two Resista releases.
The opening track sees Snaith borrow the Togolese jam “Ne Noya” by Cos-Ber-Zam from the Analog Africa crew and rework it in a fashion similar to his Virgo Four remix. The heavily percussive groove and vocal hook are allowed to settle down, before Snaith brings a huge cloak of bass and waves of psychedelia over the track.
Flipside “Yes, I Know” is one of the Daphni tracks Snaith debuted on his RA mix earlier this year, and was perhaps the one everyone wanted most – all jagged acid lines and razor sharp drum hits playing off the heavily filtered and looped vocal and trumpet hook. It’s quite thrilling and a definite highlight of this release – especially when the track descends into the fragile source material at the end. Finally, “Jiao” splices a decidedly dusty warehouse groove with uniquely odd eastern organ fuzz – kind of like Omar Souleyman in the studio with Legowelt.
Dan Snaith’s career has never really looked in danger of approaching stagnation thanks to his chameleon approach to musical style. Over the course of six albums, the Canadian has touched on experimental electronics, leftfield krautrock and gloriously kaleidoscopic psychedelic pop. All this before he arrived at the Border Community leaning organic swerve betwixt house and techno which characterised his most lauded work to date in last year’s Swim – indeed it was lauded as the best album of 2010 on these very pages.
It’s perhaps this recent widespread critical acclaim that has lead Snaith to start producing new material under a shiny new alias in Daphni. He is of course no stranger to name changes, being the victim of one of the music world’s most bizarre lawsuits that forced him to abandon the Manitoba moniker (under which he produced the startling album Up In Flames which is worth seeking out for those unfamiliar).
Snaith introduced an enraptured audience to a raft of new Daphni material on his submission to the Podcast Hall Of Fame overseen by Resident Advisor earlier this year. The subsequent vinyl only double drop of Daphni and Four Tet on the latter’s Text imprint seems to have been sucked down the plughole of memory thanks to the axis of hype operated by Thom Yorke and Burial.
The latest slice of Daphni ingenuity comes via the newly formed Resista label, with Snaith flexing his editing skills on two lesser spotted oddities. “Mapfumo” touches on African Highlife, with Snaith extending and embellishing Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited’s 1986 track “Shumba”. Initially staying faithful to the original, it’s the midway arrival of a skeletal 4×4 thump where Snaith begins to weave his magic. The intricate guitar melodies skip in and out of focus as a stuttering wall of sub bass fills before the vocals slide back in and the newly fattened groove rides out.
As pleasant as “Shumba” is, the real fire is reserved for the B Side with Snaith dropping the tribal brain cell failure inducing throb of “NPE” – a primal post punk track supposedly lifted from mid 80s Dutch obscurity. If you can imagine Demdike Stare recreating the visceral energy of Liquid Liquid and throwing in some slowed down samples from The Flirts most ubiquitous moment then you might have a grasp on how devilishly good this sounds.
Kindred spirits and long term friends Caribou and Four Tet will soon be sharing a side of wax with the news that the latter’s Text imprint is preparing to unleash a split twelve inch which offers fans the first opportunity to financially indulge in material from Caribou’s new alias Daphni.