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CD Review: Daphni -- 'Jiaolong'

"Jiaolong" Credit: "Jiaolong"

'Jiaolong'
DAPHNI
3.5 stars
Daphni is the newest project of Dan Snaith, the inventive producer most recently known as Caribou. Echoing the left-field dance roots he displayed on the standout "Odessa" from 2010's excellent "Swim" LP, his Daphni debut finds Snaith bolted to the floor, pumping out lean, almost alien-sounding tracks that rely on hypnotic repetition to perform. And perform they do, brilliantly, especially opener "Yes, I Know," whose deep, coiling, machine-soul beats immediately broadcast that Snaith is shelving his sensitive side, at least for now.

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