On the first two Toro Y Moi albums, Chaz Bundick came across like a guy who’d never be caught in a club, let alone approach a woman in one. But on his third album, Anything In Return, the onetime chillwave pioneer found himself in the middle of the dance floor on thumping R&B gems like “Cake,” singing, “She knows Ima be her boy forever.”
Throughout, the tempos are sped up, and the beats hit with real impact rather than lingering like static in the atmosphere. This is particularly true on “Studies,” a smooth soul jam where it sounds like the musician’s up for almost anything but book learning. It’s quite the evolution, but it certainly sounds good on him.
The Sea and Cake opens the show.