Any new music from Dan Snaith is always welcome around here and a new Daphni album largely culled from his recent Fabriclive mix also serves that notion. Why? Because you get some grade A dancefloor bangers in their unedited form. So we get songs we have heard like ‘Face To Face’, ‘Hey Drum’, ‘Tin’, ‘Medellen’ and ‘Vikram’ (first heard in 2015) among others but given their own chance to shine away from a mix format.
LA singer Kelela took her time in constructing her debut album because she didn’t want to repeat the club-mix sounds of her EPs and mixtape. So her debut full-length is not as immediate for listeners but there’s much more to explore in these deftly-constructed modern R&B tracks. Kelela’s sultry honey voice and preoccupations around relationships, both sexual and sensual, are the big draw here while producers like Jam City, Arca, Al Shux, Kingdom and Bok Bok set out a celestial electronic backdrop that points the way forward for the future of the genre.
Kieran Hebden moves away from the dancefloor and limited releases for his ninth album which pares things back to a low-tempo and a comforting series of contemplative almost new-age sounding tracks that call back to his earlier work as opposed to his club-orientated output of recent years. Four Tet’s music has tightened up its arrangements largely due to those recent explorations but on New Energy , there is lots of room for melodic mellowness. The focus is on the mind and spirit as opposed to the feet.
Walking the line between playful electronic and avant garde, Aurelia Smith’s new album is less ambient than before which may turn off those looking for a suitable background release. While it’s also built on a narrative that follows the human lifespan in four stages, there’s enough here on its own to stand apart and grab your attention on its own and fans of modular synths will love the Buchla tones combined with the almost pop melodies at play here.
Caribou posted two track previews on his Facebook in the past day that suggest (the logo at the end gives it away) there’s a new Daphni release to follow up the Fabriclive release and it’ll feature the Fabriclive track ‘Medellen’ in some form (perhaps extended). More as it comes.
After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”
Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.
Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’
Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.
Laoise – ‘Shooting’
Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.
“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns to his Daphni side-project with a Fabriclive mix on July 21st that will feature 23 original and unreleased Daphni tracks along with 4 edits.
‘Face To Face’ is a low-slung percussive groover that dropped today as part of the mix (it’s on Bandcamp) and the tracklist and details are below.
It’s his first full length Daphni release since 2012’s Jiaolong.
“I’ve been to fabric maybe ten or fifteen times over the years and the majority of those have been to see Ricardo Villalobos play. I’m always drawn to the eccentrics in each field of music and I love that a club like fabric, that is such a mainstay of London’s clubbing landscape, is also the de facto London home of dance music’s foremost eccentric. I’ve got a friend who is a longtime member of fabric and whenever Villalobos plays he gets in touch to see if I want to go. We usually meet out front at about 6am (having had a full, if truncated, night’s sleep rather than having been out the night before) and then spend the next few hours inside.”
“We were there when Villalobos played his entirely ambient ECM based set in room three at one of the anniversary parties (I’ve never been in a club where the atmosphere was so charged – everyone went along with it for a while but at a certain point people started shouting out for him to play something with a beat while others shhh-ed them and shouted the dissenters down) and when he played ‘The Imperial March’ (or whatever that Darth Vader song is called) in Room 1 – two of the most memorable moments I’ve had in a club.”
“Villalobos is the primary artist I associate with fabric and so I immediately thought about making a mix of my own unreleased music – following on in the tradition of his, Omar-S and Shackleton’s fabric mixes”.
What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained.”
1. Daphni – Face to Face 2. Daphni – Xing Tian 3. Daphni – Carry On 4. Jamire Williams – FUTURISM (Daphni Edit) 5. Daphni – Poly 6. Daphni – Ten Thousand 7. Daphni – Medellin 8. Daphni – Hey Drum 9. Luther Davis Group – You Can Be A Star (Daphni Edit) 10. Daphni – Try 11. Daphni – Vikram 12. Pheeroan Ak Laff – 3 In 1 (Daphni Edit) 13. Daphni – Listen Up 14. Daphni – Tin 15. Daphni – Moshi 16. Daphni – Strange Bird 17. Container – Dissolve (Daphni Edit) 18. Daphni – Joli Mai 19. Daphni – Nocturne 20. Daphni – So It Seems 21. Daphni – Screaming Man Baby 22. Daphni – vs 23. Daphni – The Truth 24. Daphni – 406.42 ppm 25. Daphni – Always There 26. Daphni – Fly Away 27. Daphni – Life’s What You Make It
With new bargaining power in the form of Aiken Promotions, the festival has just added:
I Am The Cosmos
Lisa O’ Neill
Steve Davis (DJ & pool set)
Slow Reader’s Club
Let’s Eat Grandma
I Have A Tribe
All the Luck in the World
No Monster Club
Weekend tickets are priced €134 (weekend w/ camping) and €115 (weekend) are on sale now.
First tier day tickets are be available from today to the end of April priced €53.65+fee. Then from May priced €64.45 and from June priced €70.45. Tickets for CASTEPALOOZA
Here is the Day by Day Breakdown:
Caribou / Polica / Daphni / Romare (live AV set) / Lynched / Toby Kaar / Jarbird / The Altered Hours / Get Down Edits / Rosa Nutty / Like Chandeliers.
I’ll also be DJing on the Friday.
Jurassic 5 / Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) / Prins Thomas / Steve Davis (DJ & pool table set) / Tiger & Woods / Little Scream / Hare Squead / Let’s Eat Grandma / Lisa O’Neill / Slow Reader’s Club / Overhead, the Albatross / Daithi / Badlands / All the Luck in the World / I Am The Cosmos / Seapinks / Malojian / J Cowhie / Tandem Felix / Oh Boland.
Villagers / Cat Power / New Jackson / Alle Farben / Field Music / Son Lux / Colm Mac Con Iomaire / Cian Nugent / I Have a Tribe / Somerville / Paddy Hanna / Orchid Collective / No Monster Club / Morning Veils.
Dan Snaith just posted an edit he’s been playing in his Daphni sets of two tracks – Usha Uthup ‘Main Gul Badan’ and Alex Israel ‘Colugo’. Snaithi is back in Ireland as Caribou on Saturday at Longitude.
Dan Snaith’s output is essential at this point regardless of whether he’s making a room move (Caribou in Vicar Street last week – gig of the year), as an album format, remixer or DJ.
As part of Rough Trade’s offering around Our Love, Snaith made a special DJ Mix that was given away with the album and it’s now been made available for wider consumption. It’s a killer mix and it features two new Daphni tracks for good measure.
Aphrodite’s Child – The System Lata Ramasar – The Greatest Name That Lives DJ Nori – Happy Sunday (Maurice Fulton Mix) Black Truth Rhythm Band – Ifetayo (part 2) Danny Hunt – What’s Happening to Our Love Affair Christian S. – Jagos (Original Mix) Andres Lewin – Spectrum Bernard Parmegiani – Ondes Croisées Jerry Green – I Finally Found The Love I Need Todd Edwards – Winter Behaviour Cricco Castelli – Life Has Changed Tyree – Video Crash (Crash Mix) Lil Wayne – I’m Single (Instrumental) Robert Armani – Ambulance Jean-Luc Ponty – Computer Incantations for World Peace Jessie G – It’s Hot Pépé Bradock – Démarre Le Chauve Daphni – Ramblin On ??? – ??? (Daphni Edit) TCB Band – Children of the Future Aphrodite’s Child – Break
Daphni, aka the electronic project of Caribou’s Dan Snaith has been added to the lineup of the Dublin City Block Party in Dublin 8 on The Sunday August 3rd Bank Holiday, as brought to you by Archetype, Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre from 1pm til 11pm.
Daphni adds to the lineup that includes Kerri Chandler, Dj Harvey, DJ Kormac, food, beer and lots more.
Dan Snaith aka Caribou’s main man has had a fine line in dance productions under the name daphni for the last couple of years including slots at Forbidden Fruit and DJing back to back with Four Tet.
He’s back with a new 12″ release on his Jiaolong label. Both tracks feature the violin work of Owen Pallett who provides the grimey string line on the minimal tech-house track ‘Julia’ and the stabs on the bass-heavy percussive dissonant techno-leaning B-side ‘Tiberius’. The tunes go deep.
There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.
Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.
In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.
Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Caribou man Dan Snaith’s new dance project album and Four Tet’s latest collection Pink. Both men have DJed together at Plastic People in London and at festivals like Electric Picnic. They’ve released a split of tracks together. Both have moved their productions from intricate heady music into more hedonistic dance music territory more suited to dancefloors.
Similarly, While Pink was a collection of 12″s previously released so too is Snaith’s Jiaolong, with some of these tracks featuring on white label over the last year. While Four Tet’s Pink was rooted in gentle sparse house vibes, it ultimately felt like territory Hebden wanted to explore and get out of his system before he goes back to his melodic percussive side. (more…)
Dan Snaith’s Daphni Caribou side-project has had a handful of releases, one a split with Four Tet, a couple a vinyl of dancefloor edits and a Hot Chip remix amongst others so it’s pretty pleasing to find out a long playing album called Jialong is coming in early to mid October on his own label (also called Jialong) and via Merge Records in the US.
Daphni tracks are deliberately rough and ready club tracks recorded in one day and played later that nigh. Snaith explains what has inspired him:
Dan Snaith of Caribou has a trio of tunes which get a release on 12″ his new Jialong label under his side-project Daphni. The three dancefloor edits comprise of of ‘Ne Zoya’ a funky synth number which samples Cos Ber Zam’s song of the same name from the Afro Beat Airways (Ghana & Togo 1972-1979) compilation along with two Daphni originals of sample-funk acid and techno – ‘Yes, I Know’ and ‘Jiao’.
Snaith previously released as Daphni on a Four Tet split which you can hear here.