Anything In Return
Label: Carpark Records
How long before some bright mixologist -- that's a bartender, not a DJ -- comes up with a cocktail called the Toro y Moi? (Ingredients TBD, but it's got to come with a slice of lime, a drink umbrella and a drop of pure, distilled sunshine.) Chaz Bundick's third album is much of a piece with his first two; it channels the Beach Boys, Steely Dan and Dilla into easygoing mood music that's more substantial than it seems at first blush. Beneath the lulled synths, the laidback beats and his deceptively sweet falsetto, these songs have teeth. Make it a double, and savor the bite.