Gold Panda Reprise EP

Gold Panda Reprise EP
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Following up the release of his full-length, Half of Where You Live, earlier this year, Gold Panda steps back into the spotlight with a lacklustre offering in the form of his latest EP, Reprise. Like his album, which seemed to revel in its blandness, Reprise can't seem to pull itself out of the monotony. The six-track EP features tracks "Community" and "Reprise," with three offerings of each. The album version of "Community" and its near-identical demo version, "You Gone Do Something," are followed by Fort Romeau's remix of the track, a lengthy endeavour that finds each individual sound of the original broken down and elongated. As for "Reprise," listeners are treated to both an album version and "If You Knew," a longer version of the aforementioned that adds unfiltered static and a ground beat that rolls in halfway through. The T Hemingway remix of "Reprise" shows off thicker percussion and expressive synths laid across a backbeat — the hi-hat pulses across the piece, broken with snaps of snare and backing bass drum — but it's not enough to give the EP traction. (Ghostly International)