DJ-Kicks - Gold Panda
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    100
    Gold Panda seems most interested in the former on his DJ-Kicks mix, keeping the dynamics understated, but the results are consistently interesting, melodic, and effective.
  2. Dec 13, 2011
    80
    And it does seem that way here[on this album], that Gold Panda has made some kind of discovery that will be looked back on in a few years time as a defining statement to the turning tides of dance music extravagance.
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    The self-confessed non-DJ plays stylishly to the dancefloor's edge, flirting a little with the background before headline interjections from Bok Bok, Untold and 2562 yank you back to centre square.
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    This is one of those very rare electronica albums that actually rewards deep and repeated listening.
  5. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    Getting impressive sets out of people primarily known for their "artist" albums is nothing new to the DJ Kicks series, which is now in its second decade. Gold Panda has delivered one of the best.
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    75
    In his own dogged, idiosyncratic way, he's keeping a neglected strain of dance music alive here, and while the joys are subtle, the more attention you give the mix, the deeper they feel.
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    A shimmering DJ compilation which sounds a bit cerebral, all in all.
  8. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    Fans of cuddly, home-listening indie electronica ... will want to hear this lovely DJ set of headphone beat candy.
  9. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    London's electronic wunderkind explores just about every other avenue in post rave dance music. [jam 2012, p.123]
  10. 60
    It's a pleasant enough ride which reveals some of Panda's tastes.
  11. 60
    DJ-Kicks might not be Gold Panda's next album, but it's a damn good DJ set.
  12. Dec 13, 2011
    50
    The reason that the DJ-Kicks series has remained relevant is that even at its so-called worst, it was still saying something about the overall state of electronic dance music. With Gold Panda's entry-despite its cleverness and state-of-the-art, diverse penchants-you're left with the impression the famous !K7 cycle has nothing more this time than a muted episode on its hands.
  13. Dec 12, 2011
    40
    All totally fine, of course, but next time a little passion and personality won't go amiss. [Jan 2012, p.103]

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