Chaz Bundick’s latest EP, Freaking Out, is a fatal dose of funked up beats, an extension of Underneath the Pine, where chillwave takes a seat in the back of the dancehall.
This EP invokes upon the live band dance experience. While Bundick still stands behind a podium of technology, a full range of instrumentation might give room to a full band during live performances. This EP steps away from the mellow grooves and toward louder and more involved influences that only the live performance instills into a musician–that yearning to see your audience dance, and move and sing along.
The grove in this album runs deep, scratching the surface of late funk and modern influencies of the same genre. The opening of “I Can Get Love” fades through distant echos, reminiscent of the funk and late R&B era. Where the bass lines don’t carry the groove, Bundick’s vocals take many shapes over various layers. Bundick’s voice is quite the instrument.
The formula is dance beats, spacey vocals, repeated and repeated and repeated over synth melodies and bass grooves. Drums machines are cymbal heavy. It’s like dancing down a sidewalk in Brooklyn, only the sidewalk is a disco floor, and everything is a disco floor.
Freaking Out is somewhere between Underneath the Pine, and Bundick’s side project Les Sins, where dance beats swell beyond other influences. Those conformable with Toro Y Moi’s album Underneath the Pine, will be pleased to snap out of their chilled state for this five-track, funk-laced experiment.