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Gold Panda™s journey has been a long and intermittently strange one. Initially, the Essex, UK artist spent his day-job time behind the counters of various houses of ill reputeâ€”adult bookstores, record shopsâ€”finding that the two were equally seedy. 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 colors 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, blogs, and tastemakers, all of whom instantly took notice. More remixesâ€”for the likes of Little Boots, Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, HEALTH, and The Fieldâ€”followed. Soon, he began releasing his own tracks, including the â€śMiyamaeâ€ť 12â€ť on Various, the acclaimed â€śQuitters Ragaâ€ť 7â€ť on Make Mine, and the â€śBeforeâ€ť digital single on Puregroove. In 2010, Gold Panda released the You EP, Lucky Shiner and the â€śSnow & Taxisâ€ť single.