Dan Snaith’s music has evolved massively over the last decade, largely due to his growing love of club music. After releasing ‘Swim’ via his Caribou moniker back in 2010, Snaith brought a club-friendly sound to a largely indie audience, blowing away crowds with alternative anthems such as ‘Odessa’ and ‘Sun’. Palling around with underground producers Four Tet and Floating Points only stoked the flames for his passion, and soon after his dancefloor-friendly alias Daphni was born – freeing him from the constraints of Caribou’s rapidly growing reputation.
After his impressive solo project ‘Jialong’ and a seemingly endless list of celebrated DJ sets, Daphni has been given the honour of taking the reins for Fabric’s latest Fabriclive compilation. Following in the (rather large) footsteps of Omar S, Shackleton and Ricardo Villalobos – Snaith decided against a standard curated compilation and instead has headed-up a mix of over one hour’s worth of his own productions and edits.
The album kicks off with the simple, yet effective ‘Face To Face’. With a jumping snare and walking bassline, it is a tune that is hard to resist, reminiscent of a long forgotten out-and-out Arthur Russell disco bomb. The mix then descends into deeper territory with Snaith’s trademark murky, swirling chords scattered along the way like breadcrumbs, leading you back towards the darkest corners of the dancefloor. As each track merges into the next, it is as if you are stumbling through Fabric itself, taking in the deafening bass of room one, as you trip and fall into the melodic, sweaty highs of a cramped room three.
In a similar way to his DJ sets, ‘Fabriclive 93’ sees Snaith dive deep into his musical influences, blurring the lines between house, techno, acid, disco and world music. At some points the juxtaposition of all these styles almost overwhelms the listener, but just as you are about to get lost in the contrasting sounds, you are pulled back in by a haunting melody or pulsing bassline.
‘Fabriclive 93’ is the perfect soundtrack from Friday night into Saturday morning. It encapsulates everything a good night out should consist of. Each track providing the perfect backdrop for the excitement of walking through the club doors; the lost conversations with strangers, the meditative chaos of the dancefloor, and ending with the dusty heads on what seems like an endless walk home.
‘Fabriclive 93’ is available now via Fabric.