When approaching this follow up to the massively (and deservingly) successful ‘Lucky Shiner’, any sense of trepidation
felt by both listener and artist is instantly dissolved within seconds of the delightfully ambitious ‘Half of Where You Live’,
which simultaneously takes off from where Gold Panda’s debut left off and leaves it behind altogether.
It’s an expansive and occasionally explosive record, but also one wrapped in delicate intricacies and radiant warmth,
something Gold Panda seems to be able to exude with nonpareil ease – the guy that made machines so personal two years ago.
This too feels like an album planted in polar time spaces, the nocturnal bliss of ‘S950’ in stark contrast to the calypso
techno-shuffle of the opening ‘Junk City II’, and it’s a record that fluctuates between tones and moods endlessly,
each track bound together by a thematic thread (that of travel) and sonic fluidity that makes it so relentlessly captivating.
‘We Work Nights’ is perhaps Panda’s furthest flung venture yet,
a fusion of East and West, and it hums majestically, managing to capture a
tonality drenched in poignancy. Leading track ‘Brazil’ Panda
may have proved something of a red herring for many, as in many senses it stands out as the brightest and loudest firework of the pack,
but it’s the more dulcet ambient tracks here that will secure Gold Panda’s regulation as a master of emotional, smart techno.Panda
My best holiday experience was when I was around 10 years old. My family and I went to Sun River Oregon for a summer vacation.
Sun River is beautiful – there are bike paths all throughout the town, inactive volcanoes you can walk through, and a chocolate candy shop in the middle of town.Panda
Luckily for us, we brought our bikes, and when we arrived we signed up for a local bike race for kids ages 10-12, I think. My brother and I showed up for the race on our Huffy dirt bikes,
wearing loose fitting helmets. We were surrounded by kids in spandex on european race bikes. I remember being really nervous, and feeling like I wanted to win.
We lined up, I heard a whistle and began pedaling as fast as I possibly could. I was breathing so hard, I never looked back.
I crossed the finish line and heard a guy on the loudspeaker announce first place.
My brother was right behind me but I think he took third. I won a pair of sunglasses. That was my first blue ribbon as well as my last, thus making this my greatest vacation experience.
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