Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, has been making music under the Daphni alter-ego for over a year and a half now, but that has been limited to remixes and solo tracks. Now, though, Snaith will be putting out a full-length release under the Daphni moniker this fall. Titled JIAOLONG (the same name of Snaith's label), the album was inspired by Snaith's time DJing in clubs while touring as Caribou, and here's what he had to say about how the album came to be:
I'd fallen back in love with moments in small, dark clubs when a DJ puts on a piece of music that not only can you not identify but that until you heard it, you could not have conceived of it existing. In contrast to live concerts where bands predictably string together the songs from their most recent album, DJs have the potential to blindside you, be genuinely surprising. As a music producer, the parameters of dance music seem wider. The rhythmic underpinnings are liberating rather than constraining, allowing the rest of the elements to coalesce from a broad palette.
He continues, saying:
I've been surprised by the number of transcendent moments that I, sober and in my mid-30s, have had in clubs in the last few years, both as a punter and as a DJ. Against my expectations, there's some magic in it still. The clichés about the collective consciousness of clubs still seems to hold water in some special cases. Set against the backdrop of bland and functional dance music and the mind-numbing predictability of the EDM barfsplosion currently gripping the corporate ravesters, there is a small world where dance music lives up to its potential to liberate, surprise, and innovate. It's there that I hope Daphni has a place.
JIAOLONG is out on October 16th in North America via Merge/Jiaolong, and on October 9th digitally. After the jump, you can check out the album tracklisting as well as the video for his 2011 single "Ye Ye", which was directed by Jane/Eastlight.
01 Yes, I Know
02 Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)
03 Ye Ye