Gold Panda
DJ-Kicks: Gold Panda


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 3rd, 2011 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gold Panda manages to capture perhaps the most honest snapshot of the underground music scene, as truthful and explosive as lightning in a bottle

I could argue for hours on end regarding the fact that Gold Panda had it coming, that super stardom (perhaps relegated to the endless confines of the internet, but super stardom none the less) was an assured thing for him. But let’s be realistic here; he kinda came out of nowhere, popping up with his own take on open field electronic panorama’s that even made a tourist like Four Tet seem somewhat toothless by comparison. And while he might be on the tip of everyone’s tongue (or dancing on the edge of blogger's fingertips) he still has that shadowy elusiveness that makes it feel as if he’s still your artist, and not just another electronic producer to be cut up and divided amongst the masses. Whether he was reaching into the past and piecing together shards of broken melodies or latching onto the bustling bass perpetuations of the London club scene, the results were humble, whimsical, and entirely his own; which we, in turn, pretended were ours and no one else’s.

Lucky Shiner was the deal breaker that almost didn’t happen, conceptualized and produced in spare time, lacking intention and motivated by a desire as simple as “why not?”. But the result has found Gold Panda dangling over the edge of a precipice, one that threatens to give way at any moment and send the artist hurtling into the stratosphere. Gold Panda is set to go supernova, and it couldn’t have come at a more important moment for electronic music. For all of the whimsy and the charm that Lucky Shiner exuded, it was still based around the simple premise of dance music. It never attempted to be another modern dance milestone, because frankly, it never needed to be. It was built around subtle intricacies and lo-fi delights; it briefly appeared to masquerade as another in a long line of romantic clubber re-tellings, but instead it prided itself on being entirely dependent on Monday morning blues that ached with the possible revelations of missed opportunities. Each track carried with it the somber weight of misgivings, of echoed halls and whispers of crowds long gone to scratch out their lives through the nighttime sky, like the white fire of shooting stars.

His entry into the always impressive DJ-Kicks series follows the same path, where it echoes nightlife rather than bleeds it. It’s a snapshot of a city in disarray, varying styles all clamoring for pride of place. It’s an album where grooves are teased out rather than forced, where the bass and the rhythms are shaky and sparse, contradicting their very nature. He creates this dichotomy, this mysterious contrast, by pairing the unlikely together to the point where they end up existing in new realms, blurring the lines between lonesome and seductive. Garage bashing gives way to woozy techno, dubstep gets folded over leftfield house; minimal gives way to the immediate, and the teary eyed lounge chic finds itself bookended by off-kilter club fillers. Punch drunk synths are intravenously injected over the cold and clinical beats and ejected in a similar fashion, woffling bass is dispersed over spacious and eerie ambiance. And somewhere in the middle of all this, Gold Panda manages to capture perhaps the most honest snapshot of the underground music scene, as truthful and explosive as lightning in a bottle.

The mix calls to mind the glory days of old when scuffed and warped white labels were passed around with a beggar’s fervency, as everyone attempted to be the first to say they were there when some exciting new strand of dance folly emerged out of the cloak and dagger electro of the 80’s. And it does seem that way here, that Gold Panda has made some kind of discovery that will be looked back on in a few years time as a defining statement to the turning tides of dance music extravagance. And yet there’s nothing here that hasn’t been bouncing around the yards for awhile now, but it feels as if it’s only just now getting its due notice. This latest DJ-Kicks entry is a true watershed moment on all fronts; for the label itself (which is just now finally coming back into the spotlight after being buried under the gift wrapped weight of Ministry Of Sound trinkets and Mixmag baubles), and for Gold Panda as well, who has proved that even the most left field of artists have the ability to change the music world if they so desire.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


31168 Comments


A rather quick and completely unplanned write-up for something that I'm in love with to the point of it being almost a little sickening

You can check it here:
http://www.mixmag.net/exclusive-gold-panda-stream

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

Restrikted
November 3rd 2011


1889 Comments


Cool all check this out for sure :D

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 3rd 2011


10594 Comments


Cool review Dev. In an attempt to expand my horizons I'm going to check this out.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


6448 Comments


Still have to listen to Lucky Shiner fully as well...
On the list it goes

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Axel
November 3rd 2011


189 Comments


Oh my

I need this.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I miss being able to pos your reviews.

Good work, I'll be all over this album soon enough, I'm sure.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


7026 Comments


I'll be all over this album soon enough, I'm sure. [2]

Digging: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

FourSquare20
November 3rd 2011


320 Comments


I love Gold Panda, and I love DJ-Kicks. Looks to be a winning combo. I have this queued up in one of my spotify playlists but I still have yet to listen to it.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ali go to bed holy shit (unless youre already up in which case go to class! either way get off sputnik haha you have work to do boy).

Restrikted
November 3rd 2011


1889 Comments


i've never heard gold panda so i'll just start with his old stuff

Rev
November 3rd 2011


9423 Comments


Wow I need this


Great review, Dev

Adash
November 3rd 2011


1356 Comments


Drexciya: makes me happy that the up and coming like Panda are keeping an eye on the old and golden. Tracklist on the mix looks like pure sex and a real comprehensive fusing of a lot of the future sound of london present and past

natey
November 3rd 2011


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gold panda done it again

Gyromania
November 3rd 2011


15712 Comments


Very solid review. I'll definitely be getting this, I was pretty excited when I saw it on the front page.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


2714 Comments


Ooo I should check this out. I remember picking up an EP mixtape for "Marriage" that was excellent.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


4507 Comments


Scuba's recent DJ-Kicks is great too.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


31168 Comments


^ Definitely

Drexciya: makes me happy that the up and coming like Panda are keeping an eye on the old and golden.


It's amazing how fresh that still sounds as well

Adash
November 3rd 2011


1356 Comments


So so so good (Drex). New Juan Atkins(!!!) should be mint

struth
November 3rd 2011


435 Comments


This looks fucking good. Untold is the man.

struth
November 3rd 2011


435 Comments


can you hook me up a link for this?



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