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Boo BooAfter 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a"famous" person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn't help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.
During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I'd listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality.I fell in love with space again.
By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record,I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof.I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.LP 1
2. No Show
3. Mona Lisa
5. Don't Try
2. Girl Like You
3. You and I
5. Inside My Head
6. W.I.W.W.T.W.$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Causers Of ThisToro Y Moi is the sound the world has been waiting for. This multi-cultural juggernaut gathers up the best musical elements from around the globe -- R&B, Indie Rock, Electronic Dance and Psychedelica -- and creates something-freaking-else! Over the course of his first groundbreaking full length Causers Of This, Toro Y Moi turns the aforementioned musics upside-down with his breathtakingly innovative approach. The incendiary power of Toro Y Moi's funky synth and guitar play, pumping digital rhythms and gorgeously bright vocal harmonies makes for a formidable combination.1.Blessa
11.Causers Of This$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Underneath The Pine
Columbia, South Carolina's Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) rose to the fore of the music blogosphere in the summer of 2009 when he and a few peers made their hazy bedroom recordings the most talked-about sound of the season. Critics across the board took notice of the range of his compositions, and his debut album, Causers of This, showcased his ability to make elements of Brian Wilson's pop, 80s R&B, and Stone's Throw hip hop coalesce into a distinct sound that's as suitable for a dancefloor as it is a pair of headphones.
When Chaz first signed to Carpark Records, the plan was to release two records in 2010, one electronic and one with live instrumentation and although it didn't quite fit into the same calendar year as his debut, Underneath the Pine is that latter offering. This release sees him following
the same creative urges to completely different ends. Having spent the year listening to film composers like Ennio Morricone and François de Roubaix, Bundick returned to his home in Columbia, the birthplace of many Toro tracks of yore, to bring his new ideas to fruition.
The result of these sessions is an album evocative of R. Stevie Moore's homespun ruminations, David Axelrod's sonic scope, Steve Reich-ian piano phrasing, and the pervasive funk of his first record. Underneath the Pine announces a new phase for an artist whose talent defies classification.1. Intro/Chi Chi
2. New Beat
3. Go with You
5. Before Iâm Done
6. Got Blinded
7. How I Know
8. Light Black
9. Still Sound
10. Good Hold
11. Elise$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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What For?Opening to the scream of F1's speeding around a racetrack,
and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and
psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from
Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few
statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter,
is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is
obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful
experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics
just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something
unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty,
nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off
on your own.
A feeling of searching for something threads its way through
every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It
feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging
between waiting for something and not being able to wait
anymore. But the swinging isn't panicked or frustrated, it's just
a situation that he's reflecting on. The songs are heavy with
nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling
relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that "there
is no one to destroy your sweater" and, in another song, recalls
Big Star to declare that "rock and roll is here to stay." It feels
like he misses everything (even things he wasn't around for
yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next.
What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out
what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big
Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn't
quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn't trying to.
It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y
Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So
whatever message you take from the album, don't forget that
it's good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, "Good is good.
Good finds its own audience."1. What You Want
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IntoLionel Williams leaves behind the murkier lo-fi production of his 2012 debut full-length, Lemniscate, for the somnambulant pop of Into. The new album-out July 24th on Chaz Bundick's (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) Company Records-moves Lionel's Vinyl Williams alias into a more vivid, multi-colored dream world. Unlike the dramatic film scores of his grandfather (famed composer and conductor John Williams), this 25-year-old Los Angeles-based musician's songs are far more introspective, effortlessly blending ambient, electronic, Krautrock, psychedelia and shoegaze influences into a uniquely visceral listening experience that often mirrors the surrealism of his own collage-based visual artwork.
Like staring at the intricate geometry of a nautilus shell through a rippling aqua lens, Into's detailed arrangements shimmer across the stereo field with Williams' breathy, yearning melodies bathed in warm reverb. The gentle, rhythmic percolation of breezy album opener "Gold Lodge" imagines CAN at their most ethereal, as if vying for a release on 4AD Records during the label's halcyon days. Similarly, Cocteau Twins-esque guitars ring above the pulsing kosmische atmosphere of "Hall of Records" and then later, the 10-plus-minute "Xol Rumi" takes a detour across the Autobahn using Neu!'s motorik precision. Elsewhere, the celestial "Greatest Lives" shuffles through a thick, gooey cloud of synths, while instrumental "The Tears of an Inanimate Object" pays tribute to the spiritually minded explorations of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby, with astral harp strums guiding the light electronic accompaniment.
From the mysterious, nocturnal drive of first single "World Soul" to the gauzy, space-age funk of "Allaz," Vinyl Williams nicely blurs the line between melodicism and experimentation, his impressionistic song-craft being as inviting as it is beguiling. In this modern era of shuffled playlists and musically short attention spans, Into is that rare album created to be listened to uninterrupted from beginning to end, and one that is sure to reveal itself again and again after each successive play.1. Gold Lodge
2. Space Age Utopia
4. World Soul
5. Hall Of Records
6. The Tears Of An Inanimate Object
7. Iguana City
8. Greatest Lives
9. Zero Wonder
10. Axiomatic Mind
12. Plinth Of Uncanny Design
14. Xol Rumi$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freaking Out EPFor Toro Y Mois Chaz Bundick, 2011 has seen the release of his acclaimed sophomore album, Underneath the Pine, remix work for Tyler, the Creator, a split 7 with Cloud Nothings, and a steady stream of international tour dates. Just over halfway through whats already been a busy year, the prolific producer has a brand new batch of lavishly funky material to offer.
Bundicks latest is no sloppily assembled bunch of Pine session throwaways. The Freaking Out EP was put to tape in June during a period of touring quiescence. The release finds Bundick reveling in twenty minutes of boogie, roping in the heavy sounds of groups like the Gap Band and Mtume. While the first two tracks are modern takes on the '80s post-disco vibe, Sweet sounds like the product of a Todd Edwards and Teddy Riley collaboration, with smooth synths weaving in and out of meticulously chopped and arranged vocal samples.
The New Jack influence spills over into the cover of Cherrelle and Alexander ONeills Saturday Love, in which a swingbeat carries along fluttering piano lines steeped in delay. The EPs crown jewel, I Can Get Love, sees Bundick assimilating styles of each of his to-date releases, with the synthesized funk of Causers of This, the irresistible hooks of Underneath the Pine, and dance alias Les Sins penchant for filter effects and house beats. Full of energy and crafted with a conciseness that begs repeated listens, Freaking Out is Toro Y Mois most concentrated venture into pure dance floor hedonism.1. All Alone
2. Freaking Out
4. Saturday Love
5. I Can Get Love$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RodeoRodeo is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Travis Scott. The album features guest appearances from Quavo, Schoolboy Q, Future, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Young Thug and Toro y Moi. It was produced by Scott, with additional production from several high-profile record producers such as Mike Dean, Kanye West, WondaGurl, DJ Dahi, Metro Boomin, 1500 or Nothin', Sonny Digital, Southside, Terrace Martin, TM88, Zaytoven, Pharrell Williams and Illangelo, among others.LP1
2. Oh My Dis Side
6. Pray 4 Love
2. Piss On Your Grave
5. Maria I'm Drunk
6. Flying High
7. I Can Tell
8. Apple Pie$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Long GoodbyeLewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do
this, they go by the name Busman's Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his
modest drum kit, complete with suitcase bass-drum. Independently, the brothers
have performed with artists such as Jens Lekman (Addison drumming and providing
backing vocals on his recent tour) and Sleeping Bag (Lewis was the original guitarist).
"A Long Goodbye", the rst proper album from Busman's Holiday was recorded by
Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Kishi Bashi).
The band has been featured on WNYC's Radiolab1. Bones I
2. Child Actor
3. Hoped To
6. Not Alone
7. Baby Blue
9. We Are We
10. Bones II$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HomeIt's been three years since the release of Nosaj Thing's highly acclaimed debut album, Drift, which topped countless best of year lists, but 2013 will mark a new chapter for the 27-year-old producer, musician and DJ from Los Angeles. With a new album, label and imprint for Innovative Leisure, Home marks the first time Nosaj has incorporated guest vocalists. Having remixed and worked with the likes of The XX, Flying Lotus, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck & Kendrick Lamar, it was time to incorporate a few collaborations of his own with Toro Y Moi and Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) providing ethereal vocals for two of the tracks on Home. The rest of the album is rounded with Nosaj's signature cinematic soundscapes that explore the space from where Drift left off.1. Home
2. Eclipse/Blue [feat. Kazu Makino]
9. Try [feat. Toro y Moi]
10. Phase III
11. Light 3$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LA EPEarlier this year, Atlanta's Dog Bite found themselves with downtime in Los Angeles between a successful tour with labelmates Toro Y Moi and shows at SXSW in Austin. The four-piece that makes up the touring group started messing around with different sounds and came up with their rst full-band release, the LA EP. This document of the road-tested crew is a stunning sequel to Velvet Changes, the band's debut LP, which showcased the talents of singer-songwriter Phil Jones and bassist Woody
The LA EP begins with "Warm, Wake Up," a song that
captures the bliss of a sunny day in the palm tree-dotted landscape and the romantic intrigue of Hollywood's studio lots. Motoring back down that winding road, we hear "Hunting Seasons where mid-20th century boogie haunts the track's guitars as the reverberating beat oats us back up to the clouds.
A feeling of melancholia drifts throughout the EP's songs. But the saddest part about this collection is its 13-minute length. It ies by like a short vacation or a cool breeze. But much more than sorrow for its passing, the LA EP inspires excitement for the next gust of wind.1. Warm, Wake Up
2. Hunting Season
3. Cold Weather
4. LA Sounds$10.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
MichaelMichael is the debut full length from Les Sins, the dance project
of Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick. Inspired by cartoon and movie
soundtracks, the largely instrumental album explores classic
dance and pop music traditions. Catchy, repetitive vocal hooks
gel with beats and synth work influenced by house, techno,
French electronic, and '90s hip-hop production. Bundick made
the album over two years and recorded everything in his home
The funky Why features vocals from Berkeley, Calif. singer-songwriter Nate Salman asking "Why you wanna go and do
that?" "Bother" holds down a head-bobbing, body-moving
groove until a stunning hallelujah moment straight out of a sci-fi
version of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
While there are no concrete themes associated with the album,
Chaz says he can imagine all of these songs playing in the
middle of the brilliantly lighted and busy Ginza district in Tokyo.
Touchstones like Timbaland, Mr. Oizo, and Daft Punk, and
contemporaries such as Motor City Drum Ensemble offered
inspiration, but most influential on the making of the album was
the sage advice of a design icon. "My favorite graphic designer,
P. Rand always said, 'Don't try to be original, just try to be
good,'" Bundick says. "When making this record that was/is my
mantra-it was just constantly looping in my mind. I believe
'good' is timeless and once you can recognize that you'll see the
world in its fullest.1. Talk About
4. Why ft. Nate Salman
11. Do Right$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Oh, YuckIt's alt-pop in the same world as Flume or How to Dress Well, morose and triumphant and serene all at once. - PopMatters
Damien Verrett was never comfortable with one single identity. As So Much Light, his nom de production, the Sacramento-based musician is able to assume multiple personas, elegantly weaving all of his skills and interests into one project that brings self-fulfillment musically but also ideologically.
Verrett has created a socially conscious full-length debut, Oh, Yuck. Utilizing both organic and electronic sounds, Oh, Yuck is wrought with textural soundscapes grounded by programmed orchestral compositions, sprightly guitar lines and thrashing drums--productions that are never overambitious or dense, but purposeful with each synth layer, each woodwind arrangement.
So Much Light unites the electronic indie charms of Toro Y Moi and Flume with the courage and swagger of R&B stars like Neyo and The Weeknd. By seamlessly combining soul with exceedingly intelligent and thoughtfully-arranged production and textures, Verrett has expanded the boundaries of conventional genres. Part observational poet, emotive melodist, inventive sound designer and detail-oriented perfectionist, So Much Light is without a doubt the total package.1. New Game
2. Little Fanfare
3. Full Body Mirror
4. Love That Never Fades
5. Stomping Ground
6. Be Afraid
7. Idiot Soul
8. Artificial Sweeteners
10. Deep Down
11. Ultra Sunrise
13. Game Over
14. Let it Absorb You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sunday DinnerKeath Mead would like to invite you to Sunday Dinner. The
25-year-old South Carolina native's debut album is as pleasurable
as a drive along the coast, as comforting as a day out with
friends, and as sweet as pie after lunch. Steeped in the classic
sounds of '60s and '70s pop singer-songwriters, Mead is just as
influenced by contemporary artists such as The Shins' James
Mercer and Jack White. "Waiting" opens the record with a warm
bed of synths and Mead sings, "One day you're gonna land/ in a
place that you never planned/ in your life to see." An optimistic
song about potential? Maybe. But it's definitely a song about
regret. Mead has that timeless ability to make songs that seem
to say one thing, but move us to feel many things. With Sunday
Dinner, Mead aspired to achieve a songwriting ideal: If a song
doesn't hold up with one person singing and playing a single
instrument, then it's probably not that good of a song, he says.
The album was recorded in only eight days-over the span of
nine months-with the help of Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les
Sins). Bundick hosted Mead in his Berkeley, Calif., home studio
for the recording. Mead's guitar and vocal tracks came first,
then Bundick on bass, before the pair took turns on drums and
synthesizers. The collaborative process lent an improvisational
aspect to the album, with the pair playing music until they found
a passage they both liked. The live playing and "happy
accidents" of the recording process add to the easy-going vibe
of the LP.
Though recording the album was relatively short, the songs
were written over three years. The primary theme of the record is
the anxiety induced by the rapid changes brought on by coming
of age. Mead also contemplates isolation, loss of innocence,
and angst associated with maturation.1. Waiting
2. Grow Up
3. She Had
5. Setttle For Less
7. Where I Wanna Be
8. Quiet Room
10. Polite Refusal
11. So Close$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sky SwimmingAmelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck don't just sing about feverish, frayed and fractured romances - in the three years since forming elephant, they've been living one.
It's fitting that sky swimming, their debut full length release is a seductive, night time delight of an album. After all, it was in the twilight hours of a may morning three years ago that Pontefract native Amelia Rivas and Bristolian Christian Pinchbeck met at a house party and in alcohol-soaked all-nighter sessions that sky swimming was written.
A fibrous collection of songs about relationships - their own included, which broke down during the making of the album - hazy memories, twisted dreams, the metaphysical bleeding in to the physical - sky swimming - all trilling keyboards, swooping melodies, broken hip hop beats, looped strings and Amelia's uniquely curvy vocals - that makes you want to clamp your headphones tighter on your ears, letting you swim in its every detail and emotion. Influenced by everything from Toro y Moi to composer Angelo Badalamenti, everything but the girl to rap originators arrested development and Joe Meek's productions, it's an intensely varied listen.
"the first time we worked together, I went round to his house in Peckham and didn't leave for 3 days. I barely knew him," Amelia remembers. "She turned up with some £10 casio she bought from a charity shop in France and the whole demo EP was made on that," recalls Christian. Elephant have grown beyond their lo-fi roots since then, with Andy Dragazis being drafted in on co-production duties, while retaining the emotional rawness of those early songs. Tracks vary from psyche-delving ballads about growing up - torn tongues and skyscraper ("I want to understand what's wrong with my brain," Rivas laughs), to the thrilling pop of elusive youth, a eulogy to a friend who "wears a city crown", to the everyday trials of being young and poor in London (see ants about Amelia's crumbling tooting bedsit and TV dinner, a paean to rubbish telly and cheap booze) and the heartbreaking title track sky swimming written in the eye storm of their relationship meltdown with the refrain "do your eyes turn blue before you cry, I see the blue in you".
With winning appearances at Primavera and Eurosonic festivals behind them, not to mention support slots with cult hero Matthew E. White, under their belts, Elephant have in Sky Swimming one of the year's most seductive sounds. . "I flew to the moon to mirror you" sings Amelia on album closer Shapeshifter, with the sort raw melancholy that could only be cribbed from a blue valentine romance. "I saw the future." It should be a very bright future ahead for Elephant indeed.1. Assembly
5. Elusive Youth
7. Torn Tongues
8. Come To Me
9. TV Dinner
10. Sky Swimming
12. Shapeshifter$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now