As Caribou, and previously Manitoba, producer Dan Snaith has always been strongly influenced by golden-era house and techno, alongside Krautrock, psychedelia and more besides, and this influence has come ever to the forefront over time. More muscular and stripped down than Caribou, Daphni takes inspiration from classic Chicago and Detroit sounds, incorporating a healthy dose of Afrobeat into the arrangements.
Snaith grew up in Dundas, Ontario but has been living in England since studying for his doctorate in mathematics at Imperial College London. Daphni’s inaugural release was a split with fellow Londoner Four Tet but ties across the Atlantic are kept strong with collaborations from Toronto’s Owen Pallett and Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza. Early Daphni tracks began life as re-edits of rare funk or Afrobeat tracks but Snaith takes his compositions way beyond a simple re-edit and the end result is an inventive, meticulously put-together and unique sound. Snaith started the project as vehicle for making tracks to drop into his DJ sets which were then released as singles, many of which are collected on his debut album JIAOLONG. He has also remixed artists ranging from classic dance music acts such as Virgo Four and Carl Craig, to off-kilter curveballers such as Art Department and Hot Chip.
MUTEK is excited to bring Daphni to Montréal’s legendary Métropolis for an extra-special multi-hour performance on the Wednesday night of the festival. It promises to be a rare chance to witness one of his eclectic and enlightening extended DJ sets on Canadian soil.