Daphni - 'Jiaolong'

The deeply infectious sound of a producer having the time of his life

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.

Louise Brailey
8 / 10

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