Gold Panda took his time stepping into the limelight, spending his 20s working in record shops, honing his chops and amassing a massive backlog of music before beginning to make his work public. The London-based producer's name spread as a result of remixes for Little Boots, Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Health and The Field, quickly making him an instant critics favorite. Soon, he began releasing his own tracks, including the "Miyamae" 12" on Various, the acclaimed "Quitters Raga" 7" on Make Mine, and the "Before" digital single on Puregroove. Finally, in 2010, Gold Panda released his widely acclaimed debut album Lucky Shiner on Ghostly International. His tool of choice is the trusty old Akai MPC2000XL sampler, which allows him to stay focused on combining sampled sounds in surprising new contexts. His densely constructed tracks are bold and brightly colored with flashes of euphoria, and his live performances pack a punch otherwise seldom felt in solo sets.
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