UK producer Gold Panda, born Derwin Schleckler, has announced his new album Good Luck and Do Your Best out on City Slang. The 11-track LP will be released on May 27. In addition to the album announcement, Schleckler has unveiled the music video for the LP's lead single "Time Eater."
This is the fourth studio album from Gold Panda following up his 2013 LP Half of Where You Live, 2011's Companion and 2010's Lucky Shiner. All of those albums were released on Ghostly International/Notown.
The album started to take shape during a trip to Japan in early 2014 when Panda was told by a taxi driver "good luck and do your best," which is a rough translation of the Japanese phrase "ganbatte kudasi."
He went with that for the album title and from there the song writing was easy, creating a record that was "quite motivational, quite positive."
Japan and its colors had a major influence on the record that permeates throughout it.
"The album was recorded at home in Chelmsford, but I had that visual inspiration or documentation from Japan. So it was a look back. If you go in those months, Japan has this light that we don't get here," explains the producer. "It's hard to explain. You know how LA has this dusk feeling? - that orange light that makes the place glow, and the neon signs? Well, Japan has this... at certain times of the year, it has this filter on stuff."
"The tracks aren't popping out against each other. It's a [complete] record."
Once he was done producing the LP, he gave it to Luke Abbott to "make it sound good."
Pre-order the album here ahead of its May 27 release date.
Gold Panda Good Luck And Do Your Best Tracklist:
1. Metal Bird
2. In My Car
3. Chiba Nights
4. Pink And Green
5. Song For A Dead Friend
6. I Am Real Punk
7. Autumn Fall
9. Time Eater
11. Your Good Times Are Just Beginning