If ever there was a musical wizard lurking in the shadows, captivating unsuspecting bystanders with his majesty, Derwin Schlecker is probably one of them.
Under the moniker Gold Panda, he’s been conjuring the most celestial sounds with his trusty wand, the Akai MPC2000XL sampler. With it, he can throw a load of old sounds people won’t even recognise anymore and make them his own.
You would think that the vast array of noises Derwin uses – and there’s plenty in ‘MPB’ – makes it difficult to create a coherent beat with but he’s clearly got an ear for it. The way he stretches and delays a sound is enchanting at times while the imagination to generate beat with a glitch bent in a variety of ways is delicately acute.