Gold Panda!!! What a name!! It's like Panda Bear but better because it's all GOLDEN and shit! Gold Panda is the first signing from Various who are now releasing individual artist alongside their usual Various Productions output. It's sounds like a wise move 'cause Gold Panda's got some sweet moves yo!! A-side 'Back Home' is a pretty interesting mix of electro and hip-hop that comes of sounding like early Anticon/later Hood stuff with it's bemusing choice of samples and cuts. It's a nice mellow little groove with a persistent beat but it's when you flip this baby over that shit gets real interesting. B-side 'Mayuri' is an overt take on the traditions of Techno with some mashing of elements to create something refreshingly strange and contemporary. 'Long vacation' is almost proper techno in the vein of Aphex Twin and it's the best and most mental of the tracks. Apparently it makes use of some SNES samples and tones but i don't hear it. Still though, all good.
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