Electronic music artist and producer Derwin Panda, best known to electronic music fans as Gold Panda initially planned his latest effort Good Luck and Do Your Best as an audiovisual documentary of his time in Japan with photographer and collaborator Laura Lewis — with Panda compiling field recordings and Lewis capturing the sites they encountered together; however, the trip wound up influencing the material that would comprise his latest full-length.
“Chiba Night,” Good Luck and Do Your Best‘s latest single sounds as though it owes a major sonic debt to classic, Larry Levan-era house, The Chemical Brothers‘ “Star Guitar“and Kraftwerk as the song is comprised of twinkling and cascading synths paired with thick, choppy keyboard chords, swirling electronics and skittering yet propulsive drum programming before quickly fading out.
Directed by Dan Tombs, the recently released music video for “Chiba Night” is a trippy and kaleidoscopic travelogue of Japan featuring footage shot in Tokyo and the surrounding areas of Chiba and Minowa. As Tombs explains in press notes “Spending a week in Tokyo and surrounding areas of Chiba and Minowa with Derwin, searching for unusual records, video games, payphones, workwear and LaserDiscs, I captured the rich visual environment of the country and fun moments spending time with friends and family. This is sliced into a grid of sixteen squares in reference to the MPC sampler that Gold Panda creates all his music with, changing with the rhythm of the track colliding the sights, colours and shapes together and breaking out in psychedelic kaleidoscopes.“
The renowned electronic music producer and artist will be on a lengthy North American tour in mid August. Check out tour dates below.
8/18 – Vancouver – Fortune Sound Club
8/19 – Seattle – Neumos
8/20 – Portland – Holocene
8/24 – Santa Cruz – The Catalyst Atrium
8/25 – San Francisco – The Independent
8/27 – Los Angeles – FYF
9/08 – Cambridge – The Sinclair
9/09 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
9/10 – Philadelphia – Johnny Brendas
9/11 – Montreal – Theatre Fairmount
9/14 – Toronto – The Mod Club
9/15 – Ann Arbor MI – The Blind Pig
9/16 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
9/17 – Minneapolis – Triple Rock Social Club
9/18 – Madison WI – Majestic Theatre