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KUMD Album Reviews: Toro y Moi


Toro y Moi's latest record Anything in Return is an album that has the style and sound of a late-night, hip dance club. The overall tone of the first track, "Harm in Change," shows the sensibilities of a Michael Jackson song like "Billie Jean," but it replaces a catchy bright melody with darker hooks and instrumentation. The opening of the track is smooth and easy to listen to, but has such a great flow, and the beat progressively gets heavier and heavier as the song distorts and uses harsher synths and percussion to keep the beat alive. For each song on the album, Toro y Moi's ability to balance airy electronic effects with the higher and lower synths along with very great autotune vocal lines creates a very specific atmosphere, entrancing the listener with its hypnotic techno R&B fusion. This is an album with toe-tappers, slow jams, and everything in between: smooth grooves on songs like "Rose Quartz," sensuous electronic effects on "Touch," and even Motown beats on songs like "Studies." This work best embodies that of Marvin Gaye or Al Green in vocal style but so many great electronic and techno bands in terms of instrumentation and overall tone. Toro Y Moi's Anything in Return is a solid album kick start for a definite great year of music with its interesting blend of styles and overall quality of production and musicianship.

Recommended tracks: "Harm in Change," "So Many Details," "Cake," "Touch," "Cola," "Studies"

Listen if you like: SBTRKT, Washed Out, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd