#5. Toro Y Moi, Underneath The Pine
Label: Carpark Records
Released: February 22
With Underneath The Pine, South Carolina producer Chaz Bundick managed to defy the stigma of being a bedroom pop producer, and elude the limitations of the annoying genre label du jour, "chillwave." One listen to the album's lo-fi charms makes it clear why: The project relies less on technical trickery than on live instrumentation, funk and soul.
This all-important distinction gives the music muscle, making these songs feel more complete than anything the eclectic Toro y Moi has ever done before. This album remains one of our favorites for any occasion, from late-night partying to Sunday morning breakfast.