Review: Earlier this year, Dan Snaith raised a few eyebrows by releasing a FabricLive mix that was almost entirely made up of previously unheard Daphni productions. It's some of those 19 productions, presented in extended and fully-fledged form, that make up the bulk of Joli Mai, Snaith's second Daphni full-length. It's a far more varied and evocative set than its largely dark, percussion-heavy predecessor, variously touching on dreamy, head-in-the-clouds late night house, acid-fired, off-kilter dancefloor psychedelia, bustling Afro-house fusion, stripped-back dub disco, revivalist rave thumpers and, in the case of stunning closer "Life is What You Make It", languid instrumental bliss.
Review: Dan Snaith has always been a brilliant producer capable of sidestepping conventions, as his work under the Caribou and Manitoba guises demonstrates. In recent times, he's shifted emphasis towards more clubby (but admittedly still thrillingly inventive) dancefloor shapes under the Daphni guise. This new single for Amazing Sounds is one of Snaith's best Daphni compositions yet, an achingly evocative chunk of crackly techno built on his trademark loose, organic drums, droning kraut melodies and autumnal atmospherics. The accompanying Margot remix is excellent, too, all off-kilter rhythms, midnight piano and warped bleep melodies. Highly recommended.