Jiaolong / CA
We can’t imagine a better artist to close the first daytime session of Sónar 2019 than Daphni. Dan Snaith’s house music alter ego hardly needs an introduction, but the uninitiated can expect a whirlwind tour through the tightest, most danceable productions imaginable. If his albums as Caribou are best translated by a full band live, his outings as Daphni allow him to show off his profound love of dance music to its full extent. While it would be amiss to confine him to a genre, past sets have shown off his love for African polyrhythms, psychedelic house and deep groove, all of which are sure to be deployed in the course of a two hour set that will perfectly set the excitement level for the next two days.
Snaith’s career to date has set him up as one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 21st century so far. Along with his close friends and frequent collaborators Four Tet and Floating Points, Dan has helped define the trajectory of electronic music. From his early IDM focused output as Manitoba (later changed to Caribou), to incorporating a full live band in his performances, right through to his ongoing investigation into what makes the perfect groove as Daphni, few artists can match him when it comes to creativity.