Stream Toro Y Moi’s surprise project, ‘smartbeats’

    The collab-heavy EP features the likes of Empress Of and Washed Out.

    Toro Y Moi,
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    Toro Y Moi has dropped an EP, smartbeats, which features Empress Of, Washed Out, Nosaj Thing and Madeline Kenney.

    Largely composed of sweet and ruminative soundscapes, smartbeats is a collection of ambient, minimal electronic tracks. Producer Nosaj Thing collaborates on the ethereal “Move,” which builds over dissonant synths and bubbly electronic drums.

    While the voices of Madeline Kenney and Empress Of are mostly cut into vocal reverberations amongst the effects, the Washed Out-assisted closer “Balance” carries a few discernible lyrics. Dizzying synths collide as Ernest Greene Jr of Washed Out sings: “Flow past / As the time slows / Feel my mind go.”

    Toro Y Moi dropped his last album Outer Peace in January, and released music videos for album cuts “50-50” and “Ordinary Pleasure.”

    Listen to his smartbeats EP here: