I Prefer The Obscure Remix Blog

Who’s the man? Dan’s the man.

I didn’t get a chance to post about the Caribou gig on Tuesday night in Whelan’s, but Nialler already has a rather fine piece and some pics up. He’s right about the drummer thing too, it’s really interesting to see a drummer front of stage, and the drums being a real feature of the live show. All round nice guy, Dan Snaith wrote and played virtually everything on the new Caribou album, Andorra (he also joined the drummer on several occasions on a stripped down drumkit of his own, very exciting!). It’s a bit of a change in direction from his previous albums, especially his first under the Manitoba moniker. I was a big fan of Start Breaking My Heart, but not so much Up In Flames. The switch to current name Caribou was enforced, after a lawsuit was brought against Snaith by Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba (not very punk rock).

Andorra completely caught me off guard. I was not expecting this technicolor, pop-infused psychedelic classic. Nor was I expecting Tom Dunne to play first single, ‘Melody Day’ every night for nearly 6 weeks. So the second single, ‘She’s the One’ was released yesterday. It features a nice Hot Chip remix, but the original is still the best version. City Slang have just popped the video up on their youtube page, here you go.

I’m pleased this track got released as a single, as it features vocals from Jeremy Greenspan, lead singer with Junior Boys, another band I really love. Here’s the best single off their last album on Domino, ‘In The Morning’. This single featured one of my all-time favourite remixes, by Glasgow goldenboy Alex Smoke. Well worth seeking out.

And back to Caribou briefly, here’s an older video for Yeti. It was made by that talented Dublin collective of all round nice guys, Del9.


November 24, 2007 - Posted by | Andorra, Caribou, Del9, Hot Chip, Junior Boys


  1. My brother has been insisting I give Andorra another listen as I wasn’t overly impressed first time around. And now you’re at it too. I guess I have no choice. Any thing else you’d recommend I pick up this weekend? My inspiration is running low.

    Comment by red | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. Apologies for the delay Red. Just made my deadline about 1 hr ago! So, I’m too late to offer suggestions for last weekend’s music shopping. I just finished a few reviews, one of which you already have I think. Has Le Loup clicked with you yet? I also reviewed the new Silje Nes album on Fatcat. It’s really nice I have to say. She put the whole thing together herself, it’s very quirky and original. I’m in the middle of compiling the dreaded end of year poll! I’ll share the results with you as soon as the votes are in. Will you be putting together a list? Do please share!
    I have to say, it took a while for the Caribou album to click with me, but I’m really loving it now. Looking forward to Nialler9’s end of year poll too. I believe it’ll run to 50 albums! The posts will hopefully pick up again, now that the workload is calming down.

    Comment by i prefer the obscure remix | November 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Looking forward to the end of year lists, I don’t know if I’ll be capable of putting one together myself but I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the suggestion re: Silje Nes

    Comment by red | November 28, 2007 | Reply

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