New Music – Beacon Of Sun

For one of the last motions of sunshine in soundscapes, Toro y Moi has been a treasure to follow and see growth within the past nearly 10 years since first discovery. Now with the latest venture MAHAL, the emotional draw couldn’t have been more warranted and necessary.

13 tracks that balance a performance of fusion and funk elements tied with some gentle rock orchestrations makes for one of Toro y Moi’s most glorious displays.

The introductory track “The Medium” features Unknown Mortal Orchestra and of course, based on the inclusion of that specific feature, the chord progression becomes the name of the game. MAHAL especially has Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear as a joy for the multi-instrumentalist. “The Medium” makes short work of being this flash and spin of speeding through deserts with isolation somehow maintaining itself through the rose-tinted circular glasses that Bear sports.

Always seeming to be adept at focusing an instrumental set-piece and maintaining prowess to the ears, MAHAL is a continuation of that. While no vocals are present on “The Medium,” Bear who covers the bass and keys on the record manipulates to be a beautiful shaman for his soundscape.

The perfect product, the perfect drug to the ears, MAHAL transitions into “Goes By So Fast” which features some saxophone and nearly resembles a King Krule undercut. Uses of space that reflect a rainy day while synths warp and become flustered against the acid jazz-based production, Toro y Moi here is a golden egg to cherish on MAHAL. Martin Perna on the saxophone and flute for the track “Goes By So Fast” is a quick stand out for the spotlight.

Infectious on instrumental planning here with MAHAL, the track “The Loop” was released as one of the singles for the record and instantly was on repeat. More of a jam band favorite if jam bands were loosely based on golden embers of speakers. “The Loop” has this funk bass line that immediately sparks the eyes and perks up the ears. Bear’s vocals over the mix are smooth and give enough of a tension release that euphoria is almost nearby here.

As Bear describes, “Oh my, where did the weekend go? Oh man, Monday snuck up so fast. No one keeps me in the loop when I kick back, guess it’s up to me to stay in the loop. East coast friends fill me in, I know you get the early scoop. Online trends that border cringe start to feel overused.”

One of the bigger surprises comes from the feature of The Mattson 2 on “Millennium.” The production here is drenched to the core in sunlight and begins to feel like a beacon to the audience. The rays of Vitamin D appear more clear with each note that passes and the falsetto vocals from Bear pair perfectly along with the reverbed synths.

Almost somber in the lyrical content, Bear explains, “Silver lining makes the perfect souvenir. With champagne dripping down from every chandelier. I know at times you wish you could just disappear, but maybe just tonight we’ll celebrate the year.”

After 40 minutes have passed, MAHAL gracefully bows out of the production and fades back into the distant, fading sunset. Stronger, wiser, and more approachable, MAHAL benchmarks a leap for Bear into this stratosphere of sequencing and emotional draw to friendship.

Listen To MAHAL Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/iTunes

2021/2022 VIDEO REEL

A VIDEO REEL OF SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM SHOWS IN 2021/2022

FEATURING: JAY ELECTRONICA, THE ALCHEMIST, EVICSHEN, DREAMCRUSHER, REBECCA BLACK, GWAR, ANDY MORIN, EARTHEATER, MACHINE GIRL, EARL SWEATSHIRT, AND LUSTSICKPUPPY

STREAMING // (Video) BORIS – “She Is Burning”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Vocal: Atsuo

Guitar: Wata

Vocal + Guitar: Takeshi

Drums: Muchio

Dancer Snatch

Video Director: YUTARO

Video Assistant: Yoshihko Motoki

Still: Miki Matsushima

Hair + Make: Chiaki Hino + Noriko Okamoto

Styling: Pays Des Fees, Blackmeans

STREAMING // (Track) Thorr’s Hammer – “Norge”

Listen Here – BandCamp

STREAMING // (Album) Skin On Skin – “SOS RESCUE 001”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Track List: A1, A2, B1, B2

STREAMING // (Track) VVAA – “Orbe Isolationism”

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STREAMING // (Album) Quelle Chris – “DEATHFAME”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Featuring: Navy Blue, Denmark Vessey, J Big Cicero, MoRuf, + Pink Siifu

All Songs Produced By: Quelle Chris

Produced By: Chris Keys, Knxwledge, Cavalier

Track List: Mixed By: Quelle Chris

Mastered By: Dane.Zone

Track List: TEYC, Alive Ain’t Always Living, King In Black, PS1 (Pontiac Sunfire 1), Feed The Heads, So Tired You Can’t Stop Dreaming, Die Happy Knowing They’ll Care, DEATHFAME, The Agency Of The Future, Help I’m Dead, How Could You Love Something Like Me?, CUI Podest, The Sky Is Blue Because The Sunset Is Red, Excuse My Back

STREAMING // (Video) A$AP Rocky – “D.M.B”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Director, Writer, + Executive Producer: A$AP Rocky for AWGE

Producer: Happy Place + Tara Razavi

Cinematographer: Sean Price Williams

2nd Unit Cinematographer: Jabari Canada

Production Designer: Miranda Lorenz

Production Manager: Galen Core

STREAMING // (Album) Greafer – “WHERE THE SIREN SWIMS”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

Featuring: BONES

Track List: The Luck And Its Rubble, The Sails And Tackle (Ben), On A Brighter Note, Where The Cursed Men Go, Time Goes By, Just As I Planned It, Nothing That I Found, When Nobody Listened, The Man Who Walked Lobsters, I Won’t Need That Where I’m Going

STREAMING // (Track) Candy – “Human Condition Above Human Opinion”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Full Release On: June 24th, 2022

STREAMING // (Track) Wine Lips – “Eyes”

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STREAMING // (Track) Lil B – “Shine”

Listen Here – Youtube

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