Gold Panda's journey has been a long and intermittently strange one. Initially, the Essex, UK artist divided his daylight hours behind the counters of two houses of ill repute an adult bookstore and a record shops, finding that the two were equally seedy. But he spent the rest of his waking hours building up a library of original, dizzyingly eclectic electronic music incorporating a disparate mix of influences and source material. The results were gleaming instrumental hip-hop tracks saturated with bright colours and sublimely chopped-up vocal samples. Thus, Gold Panda was born.
Having built up a sufficient volume of music, Gold Panda began leaking remixes to various labels and blogs all of whom instantly took notice. More remixes were to follow for the likes of Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco and HEALTH. Soon, he began releasing own tracks, including the acclaimed “Quitters Raga” 7” on Make Mine, which was listed as one of Pitchfork’s best tracks of 2009. Then in 2010 Gold Panda gave us his first full length album 'Lucky Shiner’, which since its release has created a huge stir in the blogosphere and received critical praise worldwide. “ It feels like the ravishing opium dream of a Victorian gentleman explorer, trying to recreate the exoticism of a long trip abroad through a prolonged period of narcosis. Just blissful” - NME