Essex born producer Gold Panda moves from Ghostly International to City Slang for his third album. As ever he is always developing his sound and approach, and with Good Luck and Do Your Best he leans towards warmer and more fully formed ‘songs’ than on his previous release. With Time Eater being an excellent example of which Caribou, Bonobo, and Moderat would be happy.

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Good Luck and Do Your Best by Gold Panda
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9/10 Clinton 25 May 2016
It may be unseasonably cold and rainy outside but that doesn’t stop Gold Panda’s latest opus becoming my potential Album of the Summer. Now please don’t be upset with me but until recently I only judged Gold Panda’s music as a pleasant distraction. The sort of ok-tronica that runs along pleasantly in the background but 'Good Luck and Do Your Best' seems to take everything up a notch and create an album thrilling sounds that you will find yourself playing on repeat as we have done in the office for the past few weeks.   Within the first two tracks you get enough top notch quality to re-pay the admission price several-fold. The opening ‘Metal Bird’ comes complete with stuttery beat and cut female vocal sample and ....oh! those warm, warm summer synths. ‘In My Car’ however is the one for me. It does everything the recent Bibio album didn’t do namely layering Dilla style beats with lush orchestration and drifting soulful vocal snippets. ‘ Chiba Nights’ uses gorgeous eastern influenced sounds to emerge with something one part Onra one part Bonobo, to provide some superb jazzy instrumental hip hop for your summer veranda. Many tracks have that really evocative feel with lazily strung out bass notes and the sort of rhodes piano that envelopes you like a sunshine blanket.    I’m reminded of various things from the past I like….Malcom Kipe’s unheralded albums, Prefuse 73 at his least frenetic, Machinedrum’s two recent career high points, Onra’s ‘Chinoisieries’, Fourtet 'Pause' era, Etienne De Crecy's almost unsurpassable 'Soldissimo.    Also, a great album all the way through. Buy it!   

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