Dan Snaith (aka Caribou/Manitoba) arrived at Deconstructed Live following a reconnoiter from The Leaf Label boss Tony Morley, who hit our turntables a month or so before. Dan’s debut album – Start Breaking My Heart – had just dropped on Leaf as Manitoba and underlined his status amongst the chattering electronic classes as one of the brightest talents to emerge over the course of 2001 – cooking up messed beats, lost grooves and a future jazz mentality in a single frothy disc which stabbed, hooted and crinkled its way through swathes of rich percussion. I loved the record so much, I had the privilege of writing Dan’s biography for All Music.
Anyway, Tony reported back positively and sent Dan west. Caribou played ‘em like he made ‘em, with a mix of obscure pysch rock and jeep beats – one of my favourite sets from the 100 or so dates. The night passed without incident, though a couple of ladies seemed out of place in the bar. Building up courage, they finally walked up to the DJ booth and popped the question – turns out they’d travelled down 100 miles or so to see Dan play, as they shared the rare surname – Snaith. Sweet. Next day, we hit the beach for some Cornish sunshine before dropping him back at the train. I’ve rocked the Caribou album Andorra, and star track Melody Day, pretty much every week since.