Category Archives: Gold Panda
One of the reasons Gold Panda is such a great instrumental artist is that his songs can truly paint a picture. The new single “Mountain,” (to be released w/ b-side “Financial District” in June) transcends time and space. The warm, yet ambient song sounds like an ancient land of misty green mountains and lush forests in the Orient. Eerie strings blend perfectly with chimes, synths and a steady beat, leading up to a great climax at 2:30. Check it out below and look for Gold Panda on tour this summer.
Gold Panda – Mountain:
2nd London – Field Day Festival UK
10th Manchester – Parklife Festival UK
23rd Ballinlough, Castle Body & Soul Festival, IRE
30th Evreau, Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats festival, FRA
7th Amsterdam – Pitch Festival, NED
29th Portland, Oregon, WTF Festival, US
4th Salzburg, Stuck! Festival AU
19th Leicester, Summer Sundae Festival, UK
30th Pula, Outlook Festival, CRO
2nd Los Angeles, California, FYFest, US
6th Pula, Outlook Festival, CRO
9th Isle of Wight, Bestival, UK
5th Vienna, Waves festival, AU
12th Bologna, Robot Festival, ITA
One of my favorite artists Gold Panda, who I wrote about before, just dropped a new track on the 22nd. According to the man himself, this isn’t from a forthcoming album or EP, but just an independent song for our listening pleasure, available for free from his website. It sounds like more of his style in Quitters’ Raga, than his album Lucky Shiner. When it starts, the looping xylophone sounds like the start of a danceable electronic track, but in classic Gold Panda fashion, it soon descends into very strange effects of distortion, reverb, and glitch. LISTEN.
-Jon The Wolf
A genre I’ve really started to embrace lately is “post-dubstep” (forgive the pretentiousness) glitchy, minimal techno. This style makes use of the familiar whomp of dubstep, but perverts the whole soundscape beautifully with samples and influences from electronica abounding. One producer I particularly love is Gold Panda (originally Derwin Panda). Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner was definitely one of my favorite electronica albums of 2010, and I expect him to continue producing great music throughout 2011. Check out the track below, from the new album Companion (technically a compilation of his three EPs) for a taste of what Gold Panda offers- beware of ridiculously awesome, mind-blowing Indian samples. – Jon the Wolf
Hit the Jump for a interesting video into the mind of Gold Panda.