Les Sins’ “Chill-wave” Breezed Through Toronto
Chaz Bradley Bundick’s newest alter ego Les Sins is undoubtedly praiseworthy, delivering pulsing beats and nostalgic mixes. He and his other incarnation Toro Y Moi are most inextricably linked to the “chill wave” genre, the same way peanut butter and jelly are.
Chill-wave, for those unfamiliar with it, is a design of wobbly synth-pop blended with cooed vocal stylings; when done correctly, a harmonious blend of soothing eargasms ensue. Bundick’s music has garnered him critical praise and fans a plenty, thus affording him the luxury to indulge his curious appetite for musical experimentation and spawning various incarnations.
We were introduced to Les Sins with a two-hour set of amalgamated mixes, switching up genres and sound, demanding to be recognized as an entirely different entity. Ever-so masterful on the decks, Bundick was dropping tracks from current album Michael, then deftly mixing in tracks from “Grind”; once he had the crowd in a state of sonic bliss, he throws a curve ball and takes us on a time warp, mixing in some gems from Boys II Men to Justin Timberlake, amongst others.
Nostalgia was plenty with a throwback feel of warehouse parties of the past. Every beat dropped, regardless of genre and style, had the crowd dancing and thirsting for more.
Bundick proves yet again to be versatile enough to experiment with various genres with a seamless union of retro and modern sounds that have become Les Sins, while never losing sight of the objective – which on this night was musical indulgence, having fans dancing and gyrating with reckless abandon.
Story by Tee Onek and Photos by Ftfphotography