"Epic" is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the world of pop culture, and usually means something more than three hours long that strives to be considered Important. In the dance community, however, epic has come to mean any set that runs past 4 a.m. and features an abundance of rhythmic joy.
DJ Dan Snaith (a.k.a. Caribou) recently released a record of hard dancefloor tracks under the guise of Daphni. His intention was to celebrate the amped-up, club-ready sound of the early and mid-'90s, when beat music was turning into EDM and 3 a.m. could sound eternal. The resulting record, "Jiaolong," is a musical throwback that still retains its freshness, as if the best sounds of 1991-'99 had time-traveled to the future and left the commercial cheesiness behind.
"Jiaolong" is a wonderful release, but it's not epic.
What is epic, however, is the 7.5-hour Daphni mix Snaith recently uploaded to his Soundcloud page. Recorded live at the "Jiaolong" release party in London last month, the mix features Snaith dipping into his archives and mixing on the fly using three Pioneer CDJ 2000s playing digital files paired with a mixer and an echo pedal.
As Snaith explains on his Soundcloud page, "All 7.5 hours are here -- warts and all. Apologies for the occasionally crunchy sound quality and periodic lapses in mixing."