#5. Toro Y Moi, Underneath The Pine
Released: February 22 (Click Here To Buy It Now On MP3)
Label: Carpark Records
Complex says: Last year's king of “chillwave” returns to turn the genre that he helped pioneer on its ear. Causers of This was a hazy delight of an album with heavy electronic samples and lo-fi melodies, but Underneath the Pine reveals itself to be something else entirely. All live instrumentation was used this time to create a sound that is significantly lighter, breezier, and far less “chillwave” than we would have originally imagined. It works though and Chaz Bundick continues to up the ante on his competition and his audience. With tracks that range from the disco pop-inspired “New Beat” to the bellowy and romantic “Before I'm Done,” Chaz has proven that he's damn good at whatever genre he chooses to play.