I’ll be blunt: I hated Toro Y Moi’s previous release, What For? Hate is a strong word, but the album was enough of a departure from his previous work that I had been wholly rebuffed by Chaz Bundick’s new sound. Indie folk rock, what for?

As reparations for his earlier sleep inducer, Toro Y Moi used his Instagram account to announce a new album, Samantha. It releases today and is available as a free download on Dropbox. At the rate Chaz had been releasing new tracks on Soundcloud, I expected a new EP at the very least, sometime before the end of 2015. That it appeared so soon, and that it’s so good, are the shocking parts.

Samantha is a throwback to Chaz’s older—and better—sound, which blends elements of funk, R&B, hip hop, and psychedelia. Individually, the tracks sound like b-sides from what his previous album should have been. Together they form a very deep and coherent listening experience that hits plenty of tones and moods, with a B-plus cast of featured players like Kool A.D., Nosaj Thing, and Washed Out.

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Download Samantha for free. Listen to it, groove with it, share it with your friends, and keep your fingers crossed that Toro Y Moi doesn’t so drastically depart from this sound of his that we’ve come to know and love.


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