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- Anything In Return by Toro Y Moi
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 January 2013
Whilst clearing out the loft the other day, I stuck on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Justified’ album and wondered why no-one has made an album quite so good since. The opening track here ‘Harm in Change’ couldn’t be more Timberlake if it got its golf handicap down to 6 and enlisted The Neptunes as musical advisors. The chorus is soooo Timberlake it almost hurts. Perfect music for driving to the country club on a summers evening. Totally brilliant, if totally derivative.
I was a massive fan of Toro Y Moi’s previous album ‘Underneath The Pine’, despite still having not bought it (most likely due to the picture of his beard on the front cover resembling pubic hair). ‘Say That’ is the track I heard streaming somewhere the other day - I am ‘up’ with technology. It leans more towards his dancier side projects like Les Sins with housey synth stabs and cut up vocal samples that despite being brilliantly better than, would appeal to fans of Caribou. It sounds like a potential summer smash and I long to hear it if the sun ever shines again and warms this frozen landscape.
‘So Many Details’ adds a squelchy synth and again ups the Timberlake factor to max. ‘Rose Quartz’ is a lovely laid back summery tune with vibes of the waves lapping onto the shore in some Spanish resort. Brilliantly named main person Chazwick Bundwick has upped the ante here and his career has had an interesting trajectory, debut ‘Causers of This’ woozy chillwave was replaced by Stevie Wonder/Steely Dan influenced pop on ‘Underneath The Pine’, this is another move forward towards the dancefloor this time but with the pop nous intact and lots of lovely warm house influenced grooves matching the gorgeous vocal melodies.
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