God knows how many Gold Panda eventually sold of his sublime debut album Lucky Shiner earlier in the year, but success can’t always be measured in sales figures. The transformation of copy and pasting, warped samples and hip hop beats being turned into a middle class white pursuit has far from been his own work, but even in retrospect, the album seemed to be the crescendo of a real upsurge. And it seems that Lord Boyd might be one of the people who could help take it on to even greater heights.
Raised in Seattle and residing in Paris, Lord Boyd’s debt to Derwin isn’t only limited to styling – stand-out track ‘Mane’ seems to be a rework of Gold Panda’s ‘You’, the track’s subtlety and reserve replaced by a boisterous energy and bounce. And that seems to be the theme, with the polished laptop producer role turned played by an enthusiast, using the oldest tricks in the books with new zest. Otheres treading similar ground tend towards the languid or subdued, but this is music to soundtrack a sugar rush, all wide-eyed energy and bubbling beats.