Review: FUNK! DISCO! FORMERLY CHILLWAVE? Super smooth, gliding vibes here from Toro y Moi that's cooler than Jamiroquai/Pharrell Williams with the hat on. Outer Peace presents a forgotten number of LPs the South Carolina-raised artists has released to date, though this presents his sixth in a decade. Without a hint of irony this album is superfresh, perhaps not as out there as SOPHIE's recent Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides - but it needn't be. Its temperament is mellow and easy going with a warm funky vibe: think Daft Punk post 2016 and you're almost there. Candescent pop, splashes of Parisian house and disco with a fresh cosmopolitan touch added on top too. Pure Wax.
Review: Californian producer Toro Y Moi (the best-known alias of beat-maker Chazwick Bundick) has always mixed things up, filling his previous four albums with tracks that touch on skewed synth-pop, glitch-hop, electronica, and lo-fi indie-rock. What For?, his first album in two years, re-sets the formula, largely concentrating on the kind of sweet, hazy, West Coast pop-rock that was so popular in the late 1960s and early '70s. As with other Nilsson-influenced dream-pop artists, there's a sunny, eyes-closed outlook throughout, with his distinctive vocals and layered harmonies providing a focal point around which to place wall-of-sound instrumentation and Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys style production.