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Yes, I Know
Daphni
04:26
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Mars
Caribou
05:45
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Children Play Well Together
Caribou
03:06
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Sun
Caribou
05:44
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Hendrix With Ko
Caribou
03:57
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Yeti
Caribou
05:01
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Odessa
Caribou
05:15
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Melody Day
Caribou
04:11
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Jamelia - DJ Koze's Alarmclock
Caribou, DJ Koze
03:59
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Home
Caribou
02:36
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After Hours
Caribou
06:15
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Julia
Daphni, Owen Pallett
06:19
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Desiree
Caribou
04:11
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Kaili
Caribou
04:42
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Jiao
Daphni
04:36
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Leave House
Caribou
05:12
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Can't Do Without You
Caribou
03:56
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Sizzling
Daphni, Paradise
05:21
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Our Love
Caribou
05:34
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Renata - Daphni Remix
James Holden
07:29
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Every Time She Turns Round It's Her Birthday
Caribou
07:47
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Back Home
Caribou
03:33
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Runnin' - Daphni Remix
Sinkane, Daphni
07:08
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You and I
Caribou
04:03
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A Final Warning
Caribou
07:15
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Second Chance
Caribou, Jessy Lanza
04:00
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Never Come Back
Caribou
05:05
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Tin
Daphni
04:33
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Ravi
Caribou
04:29

Caribou

From Manitoba to Caribou, Canadian producer Dan Snaith has made the fascinating transition from alt rock to electro without losing any of his abilities as a songwriter.

The first time I saw Caribou live, after several other high-flying DJ sets, I could see exactly why I loved his music so much. By then the Canadian Dan Snaith had already started his shift towards electro music, a genre that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to the album format, given the (at times) repetitive nature of the music, the absence of singing, and a length which calls for coherence and a story, rather than a succession of fifteen dance hits. 

His live sets are like riding a really exciting roller coaster, made up of intoxicating climbs and joyful descents – although I have to say I always hated roller coasters. But his coaster doesn’t make you sick. Quite the contrary. Surrounded by a drummer, a percussionist, a synth, and various other machines, his neutral yet moving voice echoes that of Arthur Russell, a cult figure on the New York disco scene. His live performance showcases a background as eclectic as his tastes, with a love for organic sounds, as well as a real ability to write songs, and all this from a guy who’s been influenced by krautrock, psychedelic rock, shoegazing and sunshine pop. Throughout, he’s maintained a love of repetitive rhythms, sensual refrains, an unrelentingly pressurised sound, and moments of pure beauty. At the same time, he’s also produced techno tracks and remixes under the pseudonym Daphni, less out of some sort of schizophrenia but rather the desire to try everything, as if his need for BPM couldn’t wait for Caribou to catch up.

An exploration of his universe has to start with his first albums, recorded under the name Manitoba before a lawsuit forced him to change it. Between 2001 and 2007, from the albums Start Breaking My Heart to Andorra, Snaith was found in the electronica category, a discreet yet playful genre where rock instruments blend into an electro landscape. Then, on Swim in 2010, he took a different turn, marked by the opening track “Odessa”, a track that shows clubbers that Caribou is one of their own. Always clever, Snaith has since taken his time, only releasing two albums of late, in 2014 and 2020, but each time taking giant leaps forward. Despite the rise of the number BPM we still find moments of intimacy and a human scale to his productions. We can put this down to the songwriting talents that have remained no matter what he’s working on in his studio at the time. The first time I saw Caribou definitely wasn’t the last. I can’t wait for next time.

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