Gold Panda's Lucky Shiner was easily one of our favorite electronic records of last year -- a swift, concentrated tour through a taut landscape of samples and beats so carefully arranged that it felt organic, completely of a piece. Listen to it enough and the album develops its own huge geography, like some lightspeed tour from the top of the Alps to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and then inside your brain and back out. You can get lost in that hour of music, and it makes you want to.
On "MPB," a new track released yesterday, Gold Panda hasn't done that. But he's come close.
Again we get a texture of strange/real-world samples -- some small percussion instruments -- dancing above a placid and nearly opaque background of beats and held notes. Then the bloops enter, ramping the track up toward its climax, and as it ends we find ourselves in a completely different place than where we started. "MPB" doesn't offer the bewildering topography that an hour of Gold Panda's music will. But in a satisfying four minutes and 28 seconds, it again illustrates the British producer's stunning talents.
(Alas, the man is on tour in Europe now. His next S.F. show is October 25 at the Independent.)
MP3: Gold Panda -- "MPB"