Gold Panda – 'Half of Where You Live' album review

A woozy, jet-lagged record which fizzes with post-holiday malaise

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Gold Panda – 'Half of Where You Live'

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Cutely-named electronic producer Derwin ‘Gold Panda’ Powers has spent a lot of time away from London since the 2010 release of his debut ‘Lucky Shiner’. He’s been from Rio to Tokyo, giving far flung cities the benefit of his choppy yet melodic beats. In return, those places have afforded album number two a mysterious foreign flavour. All sorts of obscure twanging instruments crop up on ‘Half Of Where You Live’, often buried under nostalgic layers of haze and distortion.

‘Community’ is the album’s apex, and makes banging house out of vaguely oriental synths and a sample of soulful, bluesy humming seemingly plucked straight out of the cotton fields of the American Deep South. That track, and the unruly and colourful ‘Brazil’, are the highlights, however much of the second half of the record feels woozy and jet-lagged. In particular, ‘We Work Nights‘ – an ode to the menial employment of Powers’ past, including a job at Stansted Airport – fizzes with the post-holiday malaise of coming home from somewhere warm and exotic. There’s potential, followed by sleepiness and a reluctance to get down to business – which, to be fair, is exactly what you’d expect from a panda…


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Public Enemy, Maurice Fulton, East India Youth, Annie Mac, Katy B, Gold Panda, Toddla T, The Gaslamp Killer, Leon Vynehall, Luke Solomon, Eliphino, Levon Vincent, Denai Moore, Benji B, The Wedding Present, The Cribs, Bo Nignen, Blessa, Jamie Trench, Catfish and the Bottlemen, De Sluwe Vos, Deap Valley, Jonwayne, Lewis Watson, Menace Beach, Moko. Tramlines is one of the UK's biggest inner-city musical festivals, and as ever, there's a killer bill of both dance acts and

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  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Jul 27
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Tramlines

Public Enemy, Maurice Fulton, East India Youth, Annie Mac, Katy B, Gold Panda, Toddla T, The Gaslamp Killer, Leon Vynehall, Luke Solomon, Eliphino, Levon Vincent, Denai Moore, Benji B, The Wedding Present, The Cribs, Bo Nignen, Blessa, Jamie Trench, Catfish and the Bottlemen, De Sluwe Vos, Deap Valley, Jonwayne, Lewis Watson, Menace Beach, Moko. Tramlines is one of the UK's biggest inner-city musical festivals, and as ever, there's a killer bill of both dance acts and guitar-wealding bands to get stuck into at Sheffield's city-wide party. The format is similar to that of the Camden Crawl or Brighton's The Great Escape; punters purchase a ticket (for a single day or whole weekend) and then move from venue to venue, as well as bigger outdoor stages, catching as many different acts as you like. Covering house, dub, reggae, indie, alt-rock, quirky pop, singer-songwriter vibes and more, the 2014 Tramlines bill features bass-loving BBC Radio 1 stalwart Annie Mac, electronica innovator Gold Panda, '90s indie darlings The Wedding Present, underground house ace Leon Vynehall and Sheffield's ownn dancehall and bashment maestro, Toddla T.  

  1. Various Sheffield venues Sheffield, UK,  
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Jul 27
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