artist: My Panda Shall Fly
title: Sorry I Took So Long
label: Growing Records
My Panda Shall Fly (MPSF) seemed to appear from nowhere last year. The Sri Lankan-born visual artist and producer, armed with an alarmingly large beard and a bundle of compelling remixes, gained a lot of attention within the Dubstep and Future Bass communities: his rework of Pirate Sound System’s “Dub N U” was featured on the Pitchfork Forkcast and became an instant hit on the dancefloor, and grime godfather Terror Danjah (Hyperdub) used MPSF to turn his anthem “Air Bubble” into a dark, moody clicks ‘n cuts groove.
Besides, the self-confessed animal lover – growing up in a house of 15 dogs, 10 cats, lots of birds, fish, a turtle and a monkey – is one of the busiest DJs in town, spinning vinyl for the likes of Rinse FM and Off Modern, as well as playing across Europe from basement parties in Berlin and Vienna to Outlook festival in Croatia.
MPSF recently finished work on his debut EP, the politely named ‘Sorry I Took So Long’, a nod to having never recorded any material with the live electronics trio, which was My Panda Shall Fly in an earlier form. But it’s been well worth the wait: these three songs navigate the boundaries of Future Bass as we know it. “With my latest tracks I’m trying to explore something different. It’s still bass-heavy, but much slower and sparser than the classic wobble sound” the 23-year-old humbly states. But it’s much more than that.
So say fans and supporters such as Gold Panda, Vondelpark and Dam Mantle. The latter signed MPSF to his new imprint Growing (a sub-label of the mighty Witchita Recordings) where his EP has become the first non-Dam Mantle production to be released.
The EP kicks off with “Injury”, a synth-driven, percussion-heavy, effervescent slow burner with a slight Detroit feel. “Xerox” sounds like a baked Nintendo Gameboy gone astray at a South London warehouse party. Then “Yoyo” finally draws the curtain with a wobbly organ bass line pillowed against eccentric Dub-wise rhythms. The snare loses itself in echoes, the orchestra of sounds melt into silence – My Panda Shall Fly has taken off.
The package comes complete with a slew of remixes from UK bass producers, Throwing Snow (Notown/Eglo), Pirate SoundSystem (Heavy Warper/Wide), DoReMi (Longreach Collective/Growing Records), Nightwave aka 8bitch (Slit Jockey US/Seed) and Dam Mantle (Growing Records).”