Monday 18 December 2017

Panda's tour of the globe

Nome de plume: Essex DJ Derwin R Powers, aka Gold Panda
Nome de plume: Essex DJ Derwin R Powers, aka Gold Panda
John Meagher

John Meagher

Gold Panda Half of Where You Live (Notown) ***

Thanks to the success of his Mercury-nominated debut album, Lucky Shiner, Essex DJ and producer Derwin R Powers – aka Gold Panda – became an in-demand performer all over the globe.

This follow-up album is essentially a travelogue that's indebted to the cities he visited, with the Orient proving to be an especially fertile source of inspiration.

Junk City II pulses with the vigour of fast, frenetic urban Japan and is, apparently, something of an homage to cult filmmaker Takashi Miike.

My Father in Hong Kong 1961, meanwhile, is a subdued, but no less engaging, slice of electronica that fuses Asian and Western sound in winning fashion.

Powers has clearly been more inspired in certain places than others: Brazil is a riot of percussion, but a comedown track, An English House, sounds like second-rate Groove Armada.

KEY TRACKS My Father in Hong Kong 1961; Brazil

Irish Independent

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