Following the release of his exceptional second album Half Of Where You Live in June, UK electronic artist Gold Panda announces the next track to be taken from his album, "Community" alongside a remix by labelmate, Fort Romeau. "Community," one of the outstanding moments from Half Of Where You Live, is a house-tinged track infused with the signature elements of a Gold Panda classic. The song, according to the Berlin-resident, is a reflection on cultural divides of the London he grew up in.
The release comes alongside Gold Panda prepping for his biggest ever North American tour that spans September and October. Joining him on this tour will be Slow Magic and Border Community artist, Luke Abbott.
Released in June to wide acclaim, Gold Panda's second album, Half of Where You Live was the follow up to the much-vauntedLucky Shiner, a record that won him an army of fans and achieved the rare feat of near-unanimous critical approval. His new album has been described as a "city album" by its maker, and it's easy to see why - each track possesses a different aesthetic and reflects a different environment. Gold Panda describes it as "a jump from location to location... I felt like I was stealing a piece of each place I went to." "Community" is a house-tinged reflection on cultural divides in London, while "Brazil" catalogs Gold Panda's arrival in Sao Paolo: "I wanted to make a track that soundtracked my ride from the airport to downtown" he explains. "The [vocal] sample is kind of like an excited chant, bigging up the place, then it all gets confusing to replicate the traffic and buildings."
Taking on this loose concept has meant a more considered approach for Gold Panda, and the music has harsher edges than his previous work, and an almost hauntological feel at times. Crucially, though, this new approach hasn't compromised the producer's creative freedom, and the album still flows with his trademark organic vibrancy. "I've tried to really focus on just a few elements," he explains. "I tried to avoid chopped up female vocals this time around, as it's become pretty well done, and anything that was too solid structurally. Ultimately, though, you just you find your groove and settle into a sound and realize you only really need to please yourself."
Gold Panda Tour Dates
9/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
9/7: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/11: Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
9/12: New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
9/13: Dallas, TX @ Loft @ Palladium Ballroom
9/14: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
9/17: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
9/18: Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
9/19: San Diego, CA, Casbah
9/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
9/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
9/24: Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University, Kate Buchanan Room
9/25: Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
9/26: Portland, OR @ Branx
9/27: Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
9/28: Seattle, WA @ Neumo's (Decibel Festival)
9/29: Boise, ID @ Reef
10/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/2: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/3: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
10/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/5: Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/6: Ann Arbor MI @ Blind Pig
10/8: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
10/9: Montreal, QC @ S.A.T.
10/10: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/11: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/12: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/30: Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves