I can’t confess to having been entirely convinced by Chazwick Bundick’s latest Toro Y Moi full-length Anything In Return, just as I had a couple persisting reservations with his most recent London outing down Village Underground. Dan Snaith was kicking around way back then, though I never then put two and two together as to why he may have hankered so insistently to have his named scrawled down on some guestlist or other. For Snaith’s so-called bit on the side (alongside Daphni, of course) is his Jiaolong imprint, via which Bundick releases bits and pieces under his Les Sins alias. And all the above brings us bang up to today, as Snaith uploads JIAOLONG008 to his Caribou SoundCloud. On the flip is featured Prelims – a minimal wobble that sways between the squelchy and the shinily polished, whilst sounding not too dissimilar to the sort of ragtag laptop experiments Bundick was presumably up to while he should really have been revising.
Though to “quote/ unquote” Hot Chip’s In Our Heads, look at where we are – we’re enthusing over the Chazmeister General from a drizzly London while the American of Filipino descent is quite likely sunning himself down under on the Antipodean leg of his current world tour. He’s doing quite alright for himself, ta very much and Grind is one to loosen up even those most rigorous of daily routine disciples: a conflation of slo-soul samples doused in Auto-Tune and beats to have once sounded spangly and new around the time of Underneath The Pine, it’s Bundick at his most radiant. Indeed, it’s the sound of a summer-long beachside disco party, and one you’re both prematurely, as well as cordially invited to below.