Caribou Shares 1,000-Song Mixtape, Live Album, more

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Caribou has been busy since Our Love was named Freshly Squeezed’s best album of 2014. He’s shared a 1,000-song mixtape, a live album with the Caribou Vibration Ensemble featuring Four Tet, James Holden, and more, a new mix for BBC’s Radio 6 Mix, the full set video from his performance at Pitchfork Musical Festival Paris, as well as announced a world tour which includes two back-to-back shows at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on March 5.

Jack White may have some competition for the title of hardest working musician.

Check out that epic mixtape below, and don’t forget to put it on shuffle.


Visit Bandcamp to listen to the psychedelic CVE Live 2011 album.

Listen to Snaith’s BBC Radio 6 Mix here, and watch Caribou’s set at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris below.


Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Carl Craig remix of Our Love closer “Your Love Will Set You Free,” below.


Happy Caribou-ing!

Freshly Squeezed’s 20 Best Albums of 2014

20. St. Vincent: St. VincentSt_Vincent_artwork

Annie Clark’s self-titled fourth album as St. Vincent blended her unique post-punk sensibilities with her sharp-witted lyricism and edgy guitar playing. Eccentric, dynamic, and calculatedly cool, St. Vincent is a truly modern rock record.


19. SBTRKT: Wonder Where We LandWonder_Where_We_Land

The highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s self-titled debut SBTRKT showed off a different side of Aaron Jerome’s production, highlighting the names it featured rather than the SBTRKT enigma itself. Wonder Where We Land attempts to redefine the role of the producer in 2014.

Read the full review here.


18. TV on the Radio: Seeds Tvotr_-_seeds

TV on the Radio’s first album in three years following the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011 found the band back on their feet and still creating some of the most anthemic art-rock around, even after all these years. A band that will define the 2000’s for millennials.

Read more about TV on the Radio here.


17. Phantogram: VoicesVoices_album_cover

Voices embodied a kind of dualism, exploring big themes of life and death, and pushing further into the separate territories of electronic and rock music, seamlessly combined here. A record for music lovers of all kinds.


16. Ryan Hemsworth: Alone for the First Timehomepage_large.ba499333

Ryan Hemsworth has undeniably changed the face of electronic music in the last few years, and on Alone for the First Time, he challenges its conventions further, blending swaddling, pillowy production with guest vocalists from his Secret Songs label.

Read the feature here.


15. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!You're_Dead!

A jazzy, electronic tour de force, You’re Dead! is a psychedelic trip into the mind of Steven Ellison, and its collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Thundercat are just the tip of the iceberg.


14. Chet Faker: Built on GlassBuilt_on_Glass_album_art 

Chet Faker’s hotly anticipated debut lived up to the high expectations from 2012’s Thinking in Textures EP. A spanning, double-sided album, Built on Glass features Faker’s easily recognizable croon and clever lyricism atop gorgeous electronic production.


13. Spoon: They Want My SoulThey_Want_My_Soul

Hands were clearly a common theme of album covers in 2014.

Spoon’s unique brand of indie rock lived on on They Want My Soul, which soundtracked the end of the summer for the discerning listener. One of the best albums of the year by one of the best bands of the last decade.


12. Glass Animals: ZabaGlass_animals_zaba

Glass Animals’ textured, tropical debut was one of the best breakout surprises of 2014, and one of the most under-appreciated albums of the year. A brilliantly poppy, catchy debut, Zaba combined jungle sounds and drum loops to create a multi-layered, captivating electronic production.


11. Tycho: AwakeTycho_-_Awake

The follow-up to 2011’s Dive, Awake features more of Scott Hansen’s stunning electronic instrumentation as Tycho. Awake is an album to get lost in; for planes and trains and long car rides. Its combination of electronic production with live instrumentation is what makes it a truly modern record, for listeners of all genres.


10. Sharon Van Etten: Are We ThereAreWeThere

Sharon Van Etten’s beautifully honest self-portrait on Are We There made for easily the best singer/songwriter record of 2014, showing off a lighter, more playful side of Etten, but whose sense of lyricism still carries the weight of the world. And it featured one of the best album covers of the year.


9. Alt-J: This Is All YoursAlt-J_-_This_is_all_yours

The hugely anticipated follow-up to 2012’s An Awesome WaveThis Is All Yours took listeners further into the parallel universe in which Alt-J exist, through Nara, its mythical and musical utopia. This Is All Yours is an album to do what you want with, and lose yourself in in the process.

Read the full review here.


8. Jungle: JungleAlbum_66_296_ff6

The self-titled debut from the mysterious London soul collective Jungle redefined the genre in 2014, with timeless tracks like “Time” and “Busy Earnin'” giving listeners just a taste of the funk that permeates Jungle. Dancy, groovy, and so so fresh, Jungle is what’s good in 2014.


7. The War on Drugs: Lost in the DreamLostinthedream

The War on Drugs’ third album chronicled Adam Granduciel’s battle with depression, exploring themes of death and loneliness. A true work of genius, Lost in the Dream channels the greats of 80s-era classic rock in its swirling, authentic production. A record stuck in the past and yet somehow so modern and relevant.


6. Little Dragon: Nabuma RubberbandLittle_Dragon_-_Nabuma_Rubberband

Little’s Dragon’s first album since 2011’s Ritual UnionNabuma Rubberband, was a complex, conceptual record that further cemented the Swedish band’s unique sound and style as one of the most consistently brilliant crossover electronic acts in the world.


5. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2RunTheJewelsRTJ2

Darkly funny, politically timely, and underminingly brilliant, Run the Jewels 2 dropped a proverbial bomb on 2014’s otherwise lacking year of hip-hop. Killer Mike and El-P are “the jewels runners, top tag team for two summers” and have their sights firmly set on taking over the world.

Read the full review here.


4. Mac DeMarco: Salad DaysMac_DeMarco_Salad_Days

Mac DeMarco’s follow-up to 2011’s inspired a whole generation of youngsters to grow their hair out, quit their jobs, and chase their dreams. Well, not really, but listening to Salad Days sure feels like you’re doing everything just right.


3. Todd Terje: It’s Album TimeTodd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

The Norwegian disco king Todd Terje released his debut album It’s Album Time this year to widespread critical acclaim. A jumpy, playful record that’s almost entirely instrumental, the album’s centrepiece, a cover of “Johnny and Mary” by Robert Palmer featuring Bryan Ferry cements It’s Album Time as an instant classic.


2. FKA twigs: LP1FKA_twigs_-_LP1

If you didn’t like FKA twigs’ debut, then you didn’t spend enough time with it. Cerebral, evocative, and boundary-pushing, LP1 represents an innovative approach to songwriting in 2014 and should be sticking around for years to come. A perfectly crafted pop record, FKA twigs’ debut shows us why we don’t need to listen to Nicki Minaj in 2014.


1. Caribou: Our LoveCaribou_Our_Love

Dan Snaith’s fourth album as Caribou, and the follow-up to 2010’s Swim, Our Love, explored pop music’s most universal theme in its inviting 42 minutes of euphoric dance music. “Can’t Do Without You” and “Our Love” are album highlights, but Snaith entreats you to enter his world on Our Love, and it’s hard to come back.

Read the full review here.

Caribou: ‘Our Love’

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“‘Our Love’ finds Snaith at the height of his powers. “Silver” is an undulating, synth-based track that floats above itself as though in a dream, and the percussive “Mars” recalls ‘Swim’s’ dizzying “Sun.”

It’s hard getting past the euphoric “Can’t Do Without You” that opens ‘Our Love’ and into the rest of its spacious, infectious expanse. The opening track of Dan Snaith’s fourth album as Caribou is liquid MDMA, a titanic song that takes one simple loop, ‘I can’t do without you,’ and builds it up to dancefloor-filling capacity. Its repeated refrain is endlessly explorable, taking over your entire concentration for its four-minute running time.

Unlike most modern dance tracks, however, you can listen to “Can’t Do Without You” a hundred times without getting sick of it, even though it never really reaches a climax, or even a chorus. It’s the sonic equivalent of getting ready; it builds and builds without really ending up anywhere. EDM-heads that are all about the drop will wonder what’s the point, but Snaith has carved out a very different kind of electronic music with ‘Our Love’ that echoes life: it’s not about the destination, it’s about getting there. “Can’t Do Without You” has only been around for a couple of months, but it already feels like one of the best songs of the decade.

The rest of ‘Our Love’ proves that Snaith is worthy of this high praise. 35, married, and with kids, he seems like an unlikely character to be creating some of the most forward-thinking electronic music around today. Though 2010’s ‘Swim’ was considerably dance-influenced, Snaith’s background is playing in alternative rock bands, and he holds a PhD in Mathematics. A Canadian, Snaith moved to London in 2001, where he took cues from Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), one of his closest friends. Since 2005’s ‘The Milk of Human Kindness,’ Snaith has been quietly creating some of the most astonishing electronic music of the last decade as Caribou, as well as under his dance alias, Daphni.

‘Our Love’ finds Snaith at the height of his powers. “Silver” is an undulating, synth-based track that floats above itself as though in a dream, and the percussive “Mars” recalls ‘Swim’s’ dizzying “Sun.” Title track “Our Love” perfectly thematizes the album, both in its depiction of a shared love and in its rhythmic pulse: the fractured bass and snare that define the genre, and makes those in the room want to dance.

The sexy “Second Chance” features the brilliant-in-her-own-right Jessy Lanza singing “Tell me if you really want it / Cause boy you know I do” and draws a connection to FKA twigs’ cavernous debut from earlier this year. The two-minute-long “Julia Brightly” sounds like it arrives from another planet, looping just a couple of words into its soundscape so many times they become incomprehendable. “Back Home” and “Your Love Will Set You Free” offer a compelling conclusion and a soundtrack for the end of the night.

But ‘Our Love’ finds its whole through its simple but effective theme: group love. Dance music has never been this inviting, this shareable, and this appreciable among a wide audience that ranges from indie to electronic lovers. This is music that brings people together, and some of its most prolific tracks could be stretched out to seven or eight minutes without losing their interest. “Can’t Do Without You” never wants to end, and “Our Love” already feels like a post-disco classic, but they’ll get the remix treatment, and have already been given extended mixes by Snaith’s Daphni persona. ‘Our Love’ is a dance album that feels club-ready, and yet so real that it echoes daily life. It’s the kind of album that you dance to with your best friends at the end of the night.