Since emerging in 2009 with the fractured psych-pop of debut single ‘Blessa’, chameleonic South Carolinian Chaz Bundick has aimed his crosshair at folk, disco, jazz and dance with effortless grace. A vague associate of chillwave, his sophomore release, ‘Underneath The Pine’, owed more to Gainsbourg and Brel than Ernest Greene. Just over a year on from the ‘Freaking Out’ EP, ‘Anything In Return’ is a much more restrained – though no less infectious – affair; a slick post-club antidote to the former’s dancefloor vigour. Bundick’s affection for modern pop is born out beautifully and while a notable development here is the gorgeously executed production (Bundick seems to be making a play to succeed a throne left vacant by Quincy Jones, Timbaland and The Neptunes), it’s an album bursting with masterfully crafted songwriting. Highlights include the dream-pop of ‘Rose Quartz’ and the quirky funk of ‘High Living’, while ‘Grown Up Calls’ and ‘Day One’ confidently rival the nocturnal sophistication of ‘Off The Wall’-era Jackson. Outstanding.

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