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Hear This: Toro y Moi - Ordinary Pleasure


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South Carolina born Chaz Bundick is the man behind the alter ego Toro y Moi and boasts an impressive back catalogue of five albums under this name and an additional, more dance-oriented record under the Les Sins moniker.

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‘Ordinary Pleasure’ is the second of two singles released in the run-up to his 2019 album Outer Peace, set to be released 18th January.

The track opens brazenly with audacious congas before the driving bassline that carries the song kicks in. Bundick is drawing extensively from West African funk on this latest single and echoes of William Onyeabor can be heard in the playful use of synthesisers over an infectiously repetitious rhythm section.

Despite the sheer vibrancy of the instrumental palate, the melancholy exhibited on 2017’s Boo Boo, and throughout Toro y Moi’s discography in general, makes its presence felt in the lyrics, which convey a sense of boredom and dissatisfaction. Bundick complains, “I feel like I’ve seen it all”, even though all his efforts are directed to “maximise all the pleasure”.

This is a treat of a track that begs to be played on repeat. Three minutes is criminally succinct for this choice offering of vintage vibes.

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