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Various - DJ-Kicks [Gold Panda]

Various - DJ-Kicks [Gold Panda]

by , 31 October 2011

Exploring the minimalist fringes of electronica, drawing in deep house, future bass, glitch, breakbeat, afro-tek, ambient and more for the latest in the DJ-Kicks series, Essex producer Gold Panda has left no crate unturned to produce a blissful and seamless mix, producing an exquisite lesson in playlist curation.

The aural equivalent of the most delicious whisky you've ever had on a freezing cold winter day and like how a hug from an actual gold panda might feel, this album is warm to it's bones.

For number thirty seven in the !K7 Records series, the London-born producer has assembled and stitched together a sleek and immensely listenable collection of twenty two tracks that reveal an open and genuine appreciation of the vast electronic music spectrum, from the deep bouncing techno of Melchior and Pronsanto to the sensual funk of Jan Jelinek or Brainiac's low rumbling soundscape.

Tracks rich in drum loops, percussion samples and bass exploration form a union that keeps the overall direction tight and unbroken whilst minimalist beats effortlessly flow into amen breaks with the treble high and the bass low, and tracks with IDM sequencing roll into stripped down electropop with pure ease.

An invitation to join the respected community of DJ-Kicks compilers, which counts Juan Maclean, Chromeo, Kruder and Dorfmeister and Nightmares On Wax amongst it's numbers, was never going to be far away for Gold Panda, who leaped into hard drives and record bags with 2010 debut Lucky Shiner after a blistering run of remixes for the likes of Telepathe, Bloc Party, Lykke Li and Caribou.

A perfect example of Gold Panda's adroit selection is the journey from hypnotic breakbeat on Uzi Mahmood 8's 'Muslimgauze' into the rhythmic 'Powel' by Coke, powered by an addictive tribal kick beat and sparse glitchy samples. You wont even know it, but you'll have fallen head first into the soporific dream world of SND's “Palo Alto” as the mix continues, before the looping arpeggios of Godzilla's Zomby take over.

The overall feel and sound of the mix is fearlessly global and superbly arranged, taking in music from Chilean-German producers Closer Musik, Italian composer Giuseppe Ielasi and British DJ Ramadanman amongst others. The result is a record that needs to be treated with exactly the same kind of care and attention that has gone into compiling it. Beautiful work Mr Panda.

Rating: 9/10

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