UK producer Gold Panda has been experimenting and mixing samples into a slew of electronic beats since the late 90s (when he was a teenager), and I am really liking his latest album Lucky Shiner. The full album can be streamed starting today free of charge and pre-ordered here, but does not officially drop until October 12.
Contrary to the other vocal talents
that have come out of London such as Ellie Goulding, La Roux, and Delphic (to name a few), Gold Panda does not incorporate any vocals of his own, toying more with the experimental and emotional aspects of the music that will put you in a refreshing trance.
The hypnotic eastern beats and chiming oriental bells and bits make the album's listening experience almost an emotional release; a breath of fresh air. Gold Panda adapts a certain overall sentiment to Lucky Shiner that is melancholy and can allow listeners to tie their own emotions into each song. The opening track, "You," which is also used a second time in the album with a different and more dance-provoking version, is a great mesmerizing primer to the the overall feel -- feeding you worldly beats and stammering vocal samples that make it easy to nod your head to.
If albums can narrate a story through vocals, then Lucky Shiner can go beyond that and write a novel without words. The airy and peaceful sounds make it almost too easy to sit back, relax, and soak in each song, inevitably sinking into sweet, sweet, electronic oblivion. With that said, I invite you to release yourself in utter ambiance with Gold Panda's Lucky Shiner.