Caribou assembled a mixtape of 1,000 songs as a gift to his fans — listen


By his own admission, producer/composer Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, has had an amazing run lately. In 2014, he released one of his most gorgeous and accessible efforts to date, Our Love, which we eventually named the fifth best album of that year. He also played sold-out shows across the world, which he’ll continue into the first half of 2015. Snaith attributes all this success to the loyalty of his fans, and as a sign of his appreciation, he’s offered up a little thank-you mixtape — which spans 1,000 songs.

Snaith describes the aptly-titled “Longest Mixtape” as the “musical history of my life,” adding, “I’m sure some things are under-represented or over-represented, but roughly speaking this is what has stayed with me.” The playlist includes, among other selections, tracks from Wire, Boz Scaggs, Minnie Riperton, The Zombies, Kanye West, Warren G, Usher, Transvolta, Pusha T, Sly and the Family Stone, Arthur Russell, Led Zeppelin, Sun Ra, CAN, Nas, Eddy Grant, and an assortment of experimental pieces and random mixes.

Listeners are tasked with spinning the mixtape on shuffle, as there’s no set sequence. However, Snaith said he hopes people will also send in their own suggestions, “in the hope (that) this becomes a dialogue rather than a monologue.”

Because of YouTube’s own design limitations, the embed below only features the first 200 songs. For the full playlist, head here. I sure hope you’ve got about three straight days to kill.

Read the thank-you note that accompanies the mixtape:

The last few years of my life have been incredible, thanks in large part to all of you — so I’ve been thinking of how to say thank you.

As you can imagine, music has been a central love of my life since I was a teenager and over the years I’ve been introduced to a lot that has stayed with me. I’ve collected the majority of that music here — and I thought sharing it with you seemed like one way I could say thanks.

I’m sure some things are under-represented or over-represented, but roughly speaking this is a musical history of my life. Of course a lot of this music has come to me through my friends — thank you to Koushik, Kieran, Jeremy, Gary, Brandon, Jason, Sam, Ketan, Ryan, Toby and many others … Also, please share music with me that you think I would like but is not included here, in the hope this becomes a dialogue rather than a monologue.

I suggest you listen to this on shuffle as I made no attempt to sequence these tracks — I just entered them as I browsed along the shelves in my record collection. If you see dead links or duplicate songs please tweet me — @caribouband.

I hope you find something to enjoy here.