Daphni's African Samples

Sasha Frere-Jones writes a glowing review of Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith's dance oriented project Daphni's "African Samples."

In the latest New Yorker, pop-critic Sasha Frere-Jones writes a glowing review of Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith's (more) dance oriented project Daphni. Titled Jiaolong, the album draws samples from 1970s and 1980s African vinyls — as in "Cos-Ber-Zam — Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)" which offers Snaith's reworking of "the only known release by Togolese band  Cos-Ber-Zam." In addition to the review, Snaith and Jones offer some sharp insight into genre pigeon-holing and Western sampling of African music.

Genre descriptions, such as minimal Afro-beat techno or Afro-house, will inevitably dog it ... The fact remains that Jiaolong sounds African in origin, no matter what you call it ... Taking underexposed music from around the globe out of context can, of course, feel like the musical equivalent of a package tour to the developing world; Snaith is aware of this. He told me, "It's predominantly an aesthetic thrill that draws me to this music, but I'm aware of the tensions and contradictions on a sociological level. I guess its something I'm not able to resolve successfully, but it seems too high a price to make the whole thing verboten."

Jiaolong is out tomorrow in the US via Merge/Jiaolong. Stream "Cos-Ber-Zam — Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)" below.

Update: Daphni's full album is now available for stream (via Soundcloud)

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Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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