Gold Panda has surprised fans with a brand new album under his DJ Jenifa alias.
The name is taken from a track on De La Soul's immortal '3 Feet High & Rising', and it points towards a more hip-hop leaning, sample-based approach.
Out now, 'Jag Trax' has its roots in the sessions that produced 2015's ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’, a means to let off steam in the studio.
“When I did the last record in 2015, I made a track for a laugh”, the producer explains. “I make lots of tracks just for me, I suppose. I made a track about Chelmsford, where I was living at the time. It was about going out there in a white shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes which is like a dress code you need to get into clubs ‘cos you can’t go in with a hoody. I say ‘clubs’ I mean like, an O’Neils or some kind of Wetherspoons-style nightspot which is open till 3am. Those kind of places that exist in suburbia.”
Gathered in one place, it's a sample-delic experience, another twist on what the producer is capable of. As for the name, he explains:
“It’s called ‘Jag Trax’ because I bought an old 2003 S-Type Jaguar. It's kind of like driving a luxury armchair. I bought it from my neighbour. I would make these tracks that I could just play loud in the Jag, like when I was driving to [producer] Luke Abbott’s studio to mix ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’. They were songs that I could just bang out on the motorway and make the journey go quicker.”
So: tune in below...
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