Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

26. Gold Panda
Good Luck and Do Your Best
(City Slang)

While many of his electronic music contemporaries are obsessing over "end-times and very cold, kind of harsh or modern sounds," enigmatic UK beatsmith Gold Panda made a statement just by playing it positive.

His third LP, titled Good Luck and Do Your Best after a phrase uttered to him while on vacation in Japan, is an even prettier, more pastoral take on the kind of ambient minimal techno listeners have come to expect from the producer. The languid, koto-driven "I Am Real Punk" is perhaps the best micro-example of what Gold Panda does at length here: weave rich, gorgeous tapestries out of just two or three golden threads.
Stephen Carlick