Whether he's making 4/4 or broken beat, Arnold's sample material largely stays the same: lush, string-led music (often disco), chopped up with the same glazed-over disposition that defines producers like Madlib. "Maputo Jam" loops a keyboard figure and drops a heavy-duty beat on it, liberally drizzling over a synth melody with freeform pizazz. "Nautic Walking" is more of a disco edit, rinsing out a choppy guitar sample. "Minerals" is the best thing here. A strutting drum pattern and swooping strings come together to make something that's much more than the sum of its lethargic parts.
The hip-hop side is like a long drag on a joint compared to the A-side's amphetamine kick—"Everlasting Sunday" could be made of the same elements as "Minerals," but the pieces are allowed to fall as they may, cushioned by a loping bassline. Arnold prefers to flip the music of yore, like the doo-wop daydream of "Hold On" or the glitchy soul of "Deep Shadows." It'd be easy to label his sepia-toned music as nostalgic, but something about the way Arnold slices and dices remains captivating no matter what mode he's in.