The You EP, Gold Pandas debut release on Ghostly International, is the stuff dreams are made of. Walking on the sunny side of the instrumental hip-hop street, the UK producer drapes the title tracks deep, crunching beat with slyly sliced-up vocal samples, a hint of nostalgia, and just a touch of shoegaze ambiencethe results are both head-pleasing and emotionally stirring. What really sets You apart, though, is its musicalityGold Panda knows well enough to situate his rhythms adrift in a pool of honest-to-god melody, making the tracks anthemic chord changes sound positively world-changing. And if not world-changing, then certainly summer-defining.
The digital version of the You EP includes three Gold Panda originalsthe aforementioned You, the static-y dancefloor minimalism of Killing Yourself on a Beach, and the crisp, frothy micro-funk of Peaky Capsas well as a whopping four remixes of You, including versions by Osborne, Seams, Dam Mantle, and Bristol, UK producer Minotaur Shock, who sends the tracks high-pitched vocal sample twirling into the club to mingle with marimbas, clattering hi-hats, and a crowd of warm synthesized strings.