He must make this face in every picture

You just know he makes this face in every picture

Honestly confused as to which angle I’m supposed to take with this one. On one hand, you have the German producer Glastrophobie who is probably the best example of talent influenced by Avicii’s Folk/EDM experiment. On the other hand, the song he’s remixing is by Anna Graceman, who was only 13 at the time it was recorded. Lorde may have had you confused at 16, but I’m honestly shocked by the output here. Either way, this is a great remix that doesn’t fit neatly into any sort of electronic sub-genre and that alone is something word lauding.

As an added bonus, here’s an acoustic performance of the original by Anna Graceman. Seeing is still hardly believing.

RIP Mike Brown

RIP Mike Brown

There has been some discussion about what role a music blog should play in social issues. The goal of Electric Panda Music is to share great music with people, but sometimes things get too heavy to ignore. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this country who aren’t afforded the opportunity to put their head in the sand. J. Cole gives voice to the injustice happening in Ferguson with the release of “Be Free.” This isn’t anything new in America, but maybe this is the time where people say enough is enough.

RIP to Mike Brown, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Dillon Taylor and all other victims of police violence. Love to their families and loved ones, may they yet see justice.

Disgruntled former Polyphonic Spree members move to Brooklyn and start a new band

Disgruntled former Polyphonic Spree members move to Brooklyn and begin anew

Okay so that caption is a complete and utter lie, but Rubblebucket is a five-piece set from Brooklyn that’s been around for a few years now. While their name and the dude in dreadlocks might lead you to believe this lies somewhere in the spectrum between Dispatch and Slightly Stoopid, they’re actually a pretty sweet genre-bending indie band with hip hop and electronic sonic influences. Dig the new “Carousel Ride” off their upcoming Survival Sounds album.

Barely missing the cut for One Direction, young Porter took to a life of electronic music instead

Barely missing the cut for One Direction, young Porter took to a life of electronic music instead

When I first heard Porter Robinson at Treasure Island Music Festival in SF a couple years ago, there wasn’t anything exceptional to say about him. The crowd-pleasing house and heavy bass jams he was pumping out were quite good to be sure, but weren’t pushing any boundaries. Apparently Robinson felt the same way and retreated to his mother’s house for a bit to regroup. He emerged from this cocoon to release music that would put him at the forefront of electronic music. His upcoming album Worlds is a masterful collection of sounds from the pop-perfection of “Sad Machine” to the J-Pop sampled, infectious beat bonanza included in this post. Like many of the top producers out right now, Robinson is at a relatively young 22-years-old, so there is plenty of time for him to continue pushing the envelope.

Worlds is currently available to stream on NPR

Let's hope they don't take too much inspiration from Ariel Pink

Let’s hope they don’t take too much inspiration from Ariel Pink

Just about the only thing more cliche than referring to a band that hasn’t released many details about themselves as “mysterious,” is complaining about those who do just that. Looks like I’ve already committed that infraction so let’s just move on. LANY is a trio out of Los Angeles and “ILYSB” is super smooth and sexy, plus it includes the line “hella obsessed with your face” in what is an obvious admission of NorCal cultural superiority. I think.

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