Inspired by a trip to Japan, Good Luck and Do Your Best is one of Gold Panda's warmest, sunniest releases, reflecting the colorful foliage of the island nation. The British producer continues to nick lush acoustic samples from scratchy old vinyl LPs for his tracks, and even more so than before, they feel like proper songs rather than sample collages, even as the instruments clearly sound sampled rather than being played live. He constructs his tracks the way a hip-hop producer would, particularly one who loves to chop up breakbeats and samples, but he also clearly loves house music.
Gold Panda is known for using. A bit of a nostalgic wistfulness seeps into the compositions, and with one titled "Song for a Dead Friend," it's clear where the inspiration stems from. "Time Eater" also mixes this type of slightly blue feel with propulsive, detailed dance rhythms, and this track particularly demonstrates how he's skilled at making abstract sounds come together in a way that makes sense.