It’s been nearly three years since the release of Gold Panda’s debut LP Lucky Shiner and just yesterday, the producer announced that his second full-length is set for release on June 10th through Ghostly International and his own NOTOWN imprint.
“Brazil,” the first single to be lifted from Gold Panda’s forthcoming, sounds less organic than much of his earlier work. However, the shift seems appropriate given what Derwin Schlecker has said about the piece.
“I wanted to make a track that soundtracked my ride from the airport to downtown [Sao Paulo]. The [vocal] sample is kind of like an excited chant, bigging up the place, then it all gets confusing to replicate the traffic and buildings.”
According to Schlecker, Half of Where You Live is a “city album.” It’s somewhat of a reflection on many of the places that the artist has visited while touring – “[It’s] a jump from location to location… I felt like I was stealing a piece of each place I went to.”
Hamburg-residing audio engineer and producer Hannes Rasmus is the newest addition to Gold Panda’s label Notown and currently has a debut EP in the works, set to be released later this year. Little else is known about the producer other than the fact that he has a gift for crafting stylistically pristine minimal techno. “Wir Sind Hier Nicht in Detroit, Dirk” (which roughly translates to “We’re not in Detroit, Dirk”) unfolds at just the right pace, evolving into a perfectly buoyant groove that pays tribute to the raw, stripped-down sounds of techno that emerged in the early 1990s.
We haven’t been hearing too much from Gang Colours since the release of his (brilliant) debut album, The Keychain Collection, on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. Word has it that Will Ozanne has been submerged in his studio, putting the final touches on his sophomore effort, which should be available early 2013. Though he is frequently likened to artists such as Gold Panda, Four Tet, and Floating Points, Gang Colours’ sound is very much his own, characterized by soft piano chords, warm, thick percussion, and understated electronic elements.
His rework for James Zabiela’s “Healing” is present on the introductory release to Born Electric, Zabiela’s new imprint. The track sits alongside four other remixes, courtesy of A-list UK producers, Hot Chip, Midland, and Clubroot. Listen to the rest of them here and download Gang Colours‘ below-
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Kieran Hebden’s beaming remix of Ultraista’s “Smalltalk” has been playing on repeat since it premiered a couple weeks back and already another golden piece from the maverick producer has emerged.
New York-based producer FaltyDL is currently furnishing his third full-length, Hardcourage, set for release sometime in the near future. In the meantime a new single, “Straight and Arrow,” will drop, accompanied by remixes from Four Tet, Gold Panda, Mike Q, and Divoli S’vere. Feast your ears on Hebden’s surging, techno-leaning track below.
The single is out November 13th.
See previously: Ultraista | Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)
Gold Panda recently came forward with a graceful re-float of “Brook,” the first track to emerge from fellow UK producer Throwing Snow in 2012. Gold Panda‘s soulful interpretation is a smoggy, club-ready tune that swings back and forth on a 4/4 beat.
Luke Abbot is a Norfolk-residing house producer equipped with an immense capacity to puppeteer fidgety feet on the dance-floor through his moody and emotive production. This past June, Luke released the EP, titled, Modern Driveway, through the Gold Panda-helmed label, NoTown Records.
The title-track of the EP features a dark-disco themed, temperamental take on classic UK house. Modern Driveway is one of those songs that rewards the ‘medicated’ listener with temporary philosophical epiphanies in the small hours of the morning.
Gold Panda delivers his take on Minotaur Shock‘s whimsical “Saundersfoot,” a tune taken from David Edwards’ long awaited record, Orchard. With a subtle four to the floor kick, a layer of haze and those signature off-kilter beats, Gold Panda morphs the original into a sweeping, dreamy creation of his own.
Download || Saundersfoot (Gold Panda Remix) – Minotaur Shock
According to Gold Panda, this track was made in the period of about ten minutes. The UK beatsmith jammed out the tune as a backdrop for his pal, Infinite Livez, to freestyle over at a gig in Berlin last year. “4″ rides on a laid-back guitar line, smooth horns, and a classic hip-hop beat.
Download || 4 – Gold Panda