5 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Dan Snaith’s Caribou project has occasionally flirted with house music, it’s with his side project Daphni that he really dives into the dance floor. Many of Daphni’s standout tracks are not original productions but rather remixes, and that’s also true of “Sizzling,” in which the London-based producer reworks a long-forgotten 1981 tune from the Bermudan disco act Paradise. His interventions are modest—nudging up the tempo, fattening up the kick drum, homing in on the hypnotic parts of the groove, while leaving the band’s own funky flourishes intact. The EP’s other tracks are also sample-based: “If” flips jazz piano into a nervy French house groove; “Romeo” luxuriates in silky string vamps, while “Just” is swirling and aquatic. All of them are spine-tingling contributions to the 2010s canon of uptempo disco stompers, alongside Midland’s “Final Credits” and DJ Koze’s “Pick Up”—end-of-the-party anthems par excellence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Dan Snaith’s Caribou project has occasionally flirted with house music, it’s with his side project Daphni that he really dives into the dance floor. Many of Daphni’s standout tracks are not original productions but rather remixes, and that’s also true of “Sizzling,” in which the London-based producer reworks a long-forgotten 1981 tune from the Bermudan disco act Paradise. His interventions are modest—nudging up the tempo, fattening up the kick drum, homing in on the hypnotic parts of the groove, while leaving the band’s own funky flourishes intact. The EP’s other tracks are also sample-based: “If” flips jazz piano into a nervy French house groove; “Romeo” luxuriates in silky string vamps, while “Just” is swirling and aquatic. All of them are spine-tingling contributions to the 2010s canon of uptempo disco stompers, alongside Midland’s “Final Credits” and DJ Koze’s “Pick Up”—end-of-the-party anthems par excellence.

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