Giant Panda have returned! Their debut album, Fly School Reunion,
dropped in 2005 and was received by unsuspecting ears that caught
the raw sounds bursting forth. With their sophomore effort Giant Panda
has definitely graduated . Electric Laser is the name of the game, and
Giant Panda plays it well. The production is much like its predecessor,
yet still fresh and innovative. Drums are still bangin with snares and
kicks dominating the forefront, but the melodies, chops & loops are not
totally traditional jazzy or funky. Thick, electro-fused samples are laced
deep in the cuts of this record. Justin Case is a nice introduction to
newcomers (just in case you didn t know) and a grand introduction to
the new style of the album to established fans of Giant Panda.
The lyrical content makes this album stand ahead of what most are
used to from Giant Panda. Humor (see CinemaX and Do The Robot
In Cyberspace ) and more serious subject matter (see AIM and Let
it Go ) can be found throughout the album, showing another side of
this Panda s fur. Like a caged animal, Giant Panda rages with system
pumping tracks like Speakers Pop and Speakers Funk . The
album was recorded and mixed on analog tape giving it an
extra warmth and harmonic punch.
Electric Laser is a forward step for Giant Panda, but not so
forward to lose you if you re still in Fly School.