October 5, 2012
Daphni - 'Jiaolong'
The deeply infectious sound of a producer having the time of his life
8 / 10 While Daniel Snaith’s last album as Caribou overshadowed his Daphni project, it was his song with the latter, ‘Ye Ye’, with its vertiginous sheet-metal synths, that really flexed his extreme power over murky dancefloors. The rest of ‘Jialong’ also smashes all of the pleasure buttons: on ‘Cos-Ber-Zam – Ne Noya’ and ‘Yes I Know’, Snaith plays the excavator, sensitively re-editing obscure samples into tight-knit house music, while ‘Pairs’ is tropical disco that would see dance-minded indie bands rip their Hawaiian shirts open in bliss. Ultimately, ‘Jialong’ is the sound of a producer having the time of his life – and boy oh boy is that infectious.
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