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Half of Where You Live

Gold Panda

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Album Review

Berlin by way of Essex DJ/producer Gold Panda continues his exploration of soothing electronica and house beats on his second full-length album. Aside from a touch of vocal sampling (usually a single repeated phrase, for instance Sofia Kourtesis' looped voice saying "in this house" on "An English House"), the outing is quite similar to 2010's Lucky Shiner. The musical foundation tends to be built on warm, bubbly synth textures again, with the primary change being that Derwin's material tends to be a little more upbeat and world-oriented on this release. He quotes the films of Takashi Miike as the primary motivation for the Asian-styled "Enoshima," "Junk City II," "Flinton," and "My Father in Hong Kong 1961," while his travels to São Paulo provide the inspiration for "Reprise" (which borrows a sample from Sergio Mendes' "You Been Away Too Long") and "Brazil." In a few tracks, Gold Panda takes a new, ambient approach by forgoing beats and chopping bells or synthesizer blips into a skittering, pulsing percussion line that feels hypnotic and mystical. While Half of Where You Live is a slightly more streamlined electronic album than his debut, it still manages to be a transporting work that is easy to enjoy as a hip, calming background mood piece, and stands as a nice, fitting addition to the Ghostly International catalog.

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Half of Where You Live

A delightful step from his debut back in 2010, it's everything I would of imagined to follow up to Lucky Shiner. The whole album wraps you with the warm reverb of the recored vinyl fuzz and snaps. It has a good atmosphere to it and the simple/complex sounds blend together perfectly and get stuck in your head. The only problem is that I wish it was just slightly longer with two or three more songs. Besides that it's been a great listen.

Fantastic

Listened to it entirely which I don't do very often and I love every track.

Biography

Born: London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing samples into a swirling yet laid-back stew, a musical mélange somewhere between DJ Shadow and Four Tet, London-based knob turner Gold Panda began to stir an underground buzz in the late 2000s. A retiring sort with the given name Derwin, Gold Panda began his electronic experiment as a lark in the late '90s as a teenager, chopping up pop songs with abandon on his music producer uncle's sampler. By his late twenties, he was remixing tracks for Bloc Party and Little Boots, and turning the ears...
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