Gold Panda usually takes his time, trafficking in expertly paced mid-tempo hip-hop beats and lush, synthetic/organic textures; so when the UK producer nods towards the dancefloor, the effects are exhilarating. Snow & Taxis, the first official single from Gold Pandas multi-faceted debut Lucky Shiner, is one of the records tantalizingly few genuine club-leaning moments, a 4/4 symphony of pinging bells and sugar-sweetened strings. The tracks tone is hopeful yet melancholy, every bit as poignant as its namesake wintertime cab ride. Its not an easy feat, but Gold Panda makes Snow & Taxis sound like the act of heading home.
The Snow & Taxis single is accompanied by two remixes. Cologne-based producer Glitterbugs Pink Snow Balls Remix stretches Gold Pandas original to nearly twice its length, expanding the tracks sense of time into nine minutes of luscious ambient twirls and swirls. UK producer Throwing Snow bumps the BPM to a near-frantic speed and stirs up a flurry of micro-samples that lend Snow & Taxis a giddy, disorienting rush.