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For the life of me, I’ve never quite been able to figure out which elements of Gold Panda’s music speak to me the most. I’ve always been fascinated with the orientally-focused electronic producer, because he has this way of expressing Asian culture in a distinctly relatable lens, but what about it works best? “Brazil” answers these questions with a (probably warranted) eye-roll, reminding us it’s all about the textures and percussion. Because ultimately, what’s most important here is the mood the reversed sample creates, the serene and almost angelic vibe it gives off. But damn, does the percussion complement it– as confident as ever, the tom hits are as important as the basic drum-&-snare pattern. The two merge in a marvelous way that’s characteristically Gold Panda, assuaging any remaining anxieties about the producer’s upcoming release. The only complaint about the track is the sub-par sample used, a man apathetically saying the song’s title. It wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t utilized as the primary voice of the track, but its monotony detracts from the overall mood “Brazil” presents. But annoyances aside, the track continues to tread the same path Gold Panda’s been working towards for his whole career. Maybe by the time he stops messing around with all these teasers of releases, he’ll have built the worthy and telling compilation of oriental culture his talents have always demanded of him.

Keep your eyes peeled for Gold Panda’s upcoming full-length, titled Half of Where You Live. It’s set for release on June 10th, and something tells me it’ll be just as fulfilling as we hope it to be.

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Omaha
05.06.13
look familiar?!?!

JumpTheF**kUp
05.06.13
"orientally-focused electronic producer, because he has this way of expressing Asian culture in a distinctly relatable lens"

dude what

Omaha
05.06.13
Was that a stupid sentence or something? It's entirely possible, haha.

Rail
05.07.13
Totally agree with you on the sample. It really grates on me, which is a shame because the rest of the track is bonkers.

Omaha
05.07.13
Agreed, Rail. The instrumentation (especially dem drums, shit!) is crazy, much bolder than his latest EP. It should be interesting to hear how immediate his upcoming release is.

Yotimi
05.07.13
Couldn't agree more. Take out the "Brazil" sample and this is really great. Been looking forward to this LP. Poor guy has quite the competition on June 10th though.

Omaha
05.07.13
What competition? o_O

Rev
05.07.13
Good to see this review back on this site

Jacob, make the Staff Blog your bitch!

Omaha
05.07.13
it will be ALL MINE

I would make some kind of every-now-and-then installment on here, but I don't want to be treated like Chan was back in the day haha

Lucid
05.08.13
"orientally-focused electronic producer"
please don't say this again

Omaha
05.08.13
Can one of you tell just tell me what's wrong with that phrase? I must be missing something.

It must not be the 'electronic producer' part, since he is indeed a producer and specializes in electronic music. Is it wrong to say he's orientally focused, is that the issue? Considering he lived in Japan, and went to school at an Oriental Studies division of University of London, and the fact that the man himself has stated several times that's where his biggest influence is from... I just don't see the issue with what I said.

Lucid
05.08.13
Orientally-focused is just a very crude way of putting that he incorporates oriental sounds into his music. i understand what you're getting at though, the phrasing just bugged me. Also praising him for making Asian culture "distinctly relatable" implies that Asian culture is inherently unrelatable (maybe you see it this way? idk). Also I can't listen to this song past a minute because of the dumb repetition of the song title.

Lucid
05.08.13
The term 'oriental' also has racist connotations, so that likely plays a part in why that phrase is off-putting.

Omaha
05.08.13
Ah, I see what you mean now. You bring up good points. And it isn't that Asian culture is unrelatable, just that I haven't ever heard it incorporated in electronic music in a way that feels so natural. I can find a better way to word it though, I'll take a look at it once I'm relatively caught-up on sleep, because now I'm running on empty lol

Omaha
05.08.13
And yeah, true. I just thought it would be alright to use it since I remembered that the school he attended had the word 'Oriental' in its title

Yotimi
05.08.13
seriously why is that sample there? did he not listen to it back

Omaha
05.08.13
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mast3rshake16
05.09.13
i donno.. the guy just repeating brazil over and over is slightly obnoxious to me :-/

mast3rshake16
05.09.13
and by slightly i mean i want to fucking punch the guy who said it in the face repeatedly

henryChinaski
05.09.13
Good track.

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