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Feb 10, 2012
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News of electronic musician Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi’s upcoming Manila show spread with rabid, pee-in-your-pants excitement among Manila’s plaid-wearing, fedora-donning, obscure-music-hoarding hipster elite.

“Chaz, dalian mo na. ‘Lika na rito, babahayan kita,” one fan posted on the event’s Facebook page, while another commented, “Come hither, Chaz... Your giant halo-halo awaits,” in reference to the musician’s Filipino heritage.

But those uninitiated to Bundick’s hazy electro lethargy are likely asking themselves, “Who is this Toro Y Moi dude and couldn’t he have thought of a less ridiculous name?” Well, dear FHM.com.ph reader, you can rest easy now because we are here to help.

No article on Toro Y Moi is complete without a nod to his chillwave roots. Toro Y Moi is one of the pioneers of chillwave—a contentious subgenre of electronic music that is characterized by 80s New Wave nostalgia and an affinity for synth-happy, sample-heavy soundscapes.

This subgenre materialized in 2009 when a number of laptop-tinkering lads scattered across America began crafting languid, synth-laden electronic lullabies, their works simultaneously making the music blog rounds (see also: Washed Out, Neon Indian). With lack of an umbrella term to lump these artists under, blogger Carles of Hipster Runoff—that peerless bastion of hipster journalism—christened the subgenre “chillwave”.

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That said, why does Toro Y Moi deserve your attention, or at the very least, the few minutes it will take for you to read this article? FHM lists down six reasons. Click next, and get started on all things Toro Y Moi.

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WORDS BY: CHEEKIE ALBAY
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