The Parisian producer references different generations of Jamaican music. "They Rule" is built on an '80s digi-dancehall bassline, with Casio drum machines swimming in just the right amount of reverb and echo. The woozy synths, like something from an Inga Copeland record, give it a weirdly disassociated tilt, but otherwise it remains faithful to the source material. "Brass" has more of a '90s flex, with sub-bass that will sound scarily huge on the right soundsystem. Both tracks feel like they've been pitched down a few BPM on the turntable.
The record is mostly light on melody, with sparse arrangements of rhythm and bass. "Light," the most aggressive cut, is mostly just slamming drums and a saxophone sample, recalling the tough-guy ragga of The Bug's 2003 album, Pressure. Low Jack flexes his melodic side just a little bit on "Raid Leader," which emits a strong marijuana odor, as well as the moody "One Pop," which is danceable despite being slow and abstract. Conceptually and sonically, Les Riddims is air-tight, with a cohesiveness that makes it a listening experience, not just a collection of tracks.