Caught in the net: Gold Panda take a shine to Brazil

 

At the start of the week, Berlin-based (naturally) UK producer Gold Panda (pictured) offered up “Brazil”, the first track to be taken from his forthcoming album Half of Where You Live. The new track can be purchased digitally from Tuesday but is streaming already at snd.sc/ZiysWT. The album, released on 10 June, is a follow-up to the electronic artist's (who gives only Derwin as his real name) gorgeous 2010 debut Lucky Shiner. That widely admired effort was a great exploration of instrumental electro and glitchy techno. Here, on the fine new track “Brazil”, Gold Panda doesn't stray too far from that template, and, as befits the name, it feels rather summery. Let the sun shine.

A melancholy moment for Poliça

I was taken by the new track from Poliça, the US r&b-meets-electro-pop band who picked up plenty of attention last year for their debut album Give You the Ghost. Their new song, airing this week at snd.sc/ZkNueP, features Justin Vernon of Bon Iver sharing vocals with the group's Channy Leaneagh. The track is called “Tiff” – again it befits the name (see above) with moody, melancholy slices of low-key electronica and r&b, as the band continue to hone their sound in good style.

Get lucky with Daft Punk

Anticipation has been building steadily for the new Daft Punk record Random Access Memories, due on 20 May, with various snippets of music emerging via brief ads and video clips that have been screened on US TV and at the Coachella music festival. The longest snapshot yet came in a one-minute clip from a video for the natty new song “Get Lucky”, featuring the French duo accompanied by Nile Rogers on guitar and vocals from Pharrell Williams: see it at youtu.be/JMJwcOiBoZE. Meanwhile on Vine, the video-sharing app, the tracklisting for the record was cleverly revealed in a six-second video loop – as per the parameters of Vine. See that at vine.co/v/bFQx23mmUBp. The album includes a host of collaborations, from Willams and Rogers, to Julian Casablancas and Panda Bear.

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