The album was inspired by an encounter with a taxi driver on a trip to Japan.
The album began gestating in 2014, when the producer travelled to Japan with photographer Laura Lewis with the intention of creating a “sight and sound documentary” made up of field recordings and pictures.
During the trip the producer had an encounter with a taxi driver whose parting words, which roughly translated into “good luck and do your best,” gave him the idea for an album that was “quite motivational, quite positive.”
Good Luck And Do Your Best is Gold Panda’s third album after 2010’s Lucky Shiner and 2013’s Half Of Where You Live, both of which saw him develop an organic, sample-based approach blending vintage IDM sounds with contemporary club music.
According to a press release, the album has a warmer sound than 2013’s Half Of Where You Live, inspired by what the producer describes as the unique light present in Japan during the April and October periods he was in the country.
Gold Panda will play a show at London’s Tufnell Park Dome on May 29 and Field Day on June 11 in support of the album’s release.
Watch the video for album track ‘Time Eater’ below.
01. Metal Bird
02. In My Car
03. Chiba Nights
04. Pink And Green
05. Song For A Dead Friend
06. I Am Real Punk
07. Autumn Fall
09. Time Eater
11. Your Good Times Are Just Beginning