The summer of 2010 was the season of chillwave. Indie music got swallowed up by ethereal synth chords and lo-fi vocals filtered through layers of haze, fuzz and a languid West Coast disposition. Chaz Bundick, better known as Toro y Moi, was one of its pioneers. Since then, the 26-year-old producer/songwriter moved to California from South Carolina and, ironically, is steering away from the sub-genre he helped define.
His latest album is full of sexy slow jams, hip-hop samples and an overall tone better suited to a club than a lazy house party. Those who prefer his old sound will appreciate his vocals, which still maintain an easy candour but now float above dance tracks and sampled "yeahs" and "uhs." Anything In Return takes Bundick out of the echoey den of bedroom projects and into the world of polished pop production, a transition that will likely divide fans.
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