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The 25 Best Albums Of 2010

#21: Toro Y Moi, Causers Of This

Released: January 4 (Click Here To Buy It Now On MP3)
Best Song: "Low Shoulder"

This year, South Carolina native Chazwick Bundick, better known as Toro Y Moi, earned his spot as a figurehead of the chillwave scene. Sure, it's a faux-genre created by a blogger in the summer of 2009, but given the way Causers Of This (and albums by bands like Washed Out and Small Black) sounds, it's no wonder the name stuck. After "Talamak" got attention from us and Kanye's blog, expectations for the LP were sky-high. He delivered, too. Chaz let his vocals plays second fiddle to his dope, sampled-based production and kept his statement concise with 11 tracks in 32 minutes. Which is a good thing. We can't get any work done in the retro synth-induced trance this record puts us in.

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