Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Carpark)

February 19, 2013 by  

Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return  album cover

When you think of Toro Y Moi, real name Chaz Bundick, you think of a chillwave pioneer constructing a path that will eventually lead him to a pop record. You can now officially forget the chillwave past now as that seems like ancient history, Bundick’s third album Anything In Return seems like a new beginning for an electronic producer who’s music here seems like that missing link he’s been looking for all along.

The thing you need to learn about Toro Y Moi is that he’ll always produce music that seems to have a personal touch to it. It’s young music crafted by an experienced veteran of the electronic music scene. And when I say young, I mean it will prick the ears of late teens dealing with confusing romances and other kinds of difficult relationships you go through at that age. It’s a time when you are trying to find your feet, and here Bundick seems to be doing that exact same thing but with his music.

Bundick transforms this album into a pop record by amping up the production. In the past he’s used sumptuous R&B sounds to add a smoother texture to his at times grainy vocals. However this time the tempo is raised and there is more of a mid 90’s dance feel, especially with the opening tracks ‘Harm In Change’ and ‘Say That’. Maybe it’s that synth lead which comes in after thirty seconds on ‘Harm In Change’ or the continuous piano, which glides through ‘Say That’. It doesn’t really matter where it comes from, it just seems to be a returning influence which is all over this album; making it sound like a record you could play outside at a beach rave or forest party.

There are many other influences that take Bundick away from his chillwave moniker. The links to J Dilla and early Pharrell Williams are clear here in the slower tracks like ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Cola’. The astral like bass which pounds through ‘Cola’ make the track sound like something from the Neptunes back catalogue. ‘Rose Quartz’ also has that hip-hop feel to it, as you can sense that Detroit soulfulness that Dilla added to his beats before he passed.

The artist of Toro Y Moi has truly transformed with Anything In Return. Bundick has always been impressive with production but here he seems to be ahead of the pack, creating an album which can turn the dullest of February days into a lively summers eve.

[rating:4]


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