Todd Holler, the Ohio native who runs under his Toadface moniker, has become known around the bass music world for his swampy textures and experimental flair. Now the free form bass producer is poised to release his most mammoth body of work yet in his 12-track Bugs For Breakfast LP, out now on WAKAAN. The album delves effortlessly into the mystical, marshy, and genre-diffused terrain of Toadface’s signature sounds, giving nods to dubstep and trap along the way.
With a handful of collaborations from the likes of DMVU, Gravitas’ Off The Trees, NOLA-based trap duo sfam, and of course, his brother Yheti, Bugs For Breakfast takes listeners into a strange sonic dimension that is both heavy and yet ambient. It’s an experimental world muddled with glitchy chops that draw inspiration from all corners of the electronic music spectrum.
From the edgy basslines of the DMVU-assisted track, “Cronenburg,” to the mighty synths and intricate undertones of “Manipulation,” to the ambient hazes and time-warped soundscapes of “Cooler” and “Awake,” the entire LP comes together as a soaring collection of tracks that range from the truly quirky to the extraordinary and the extravagant.
A standout track on the album is “Courage,” which draws it’s retro musical elements from the Cartoon Network show Courage the Cowardly Dog. The track creates a moment of nostalgia with recognizable samples from the cult hit TV show against Toadface’s dark chops and mighty synth break downs.
All in all, Bugs For Breakfast is a stand-out production for free form bass music fans, taking them on a unexpected journey of weird, yet still containing moments. Amongst the playful sampling and vocal cuts lies impeccable sound design, the LP solidifies Toadface’s position as a true bass heavy-weight.
To coincide with the LP’s release, Toadface plans to embark on his 22-date “Bugs For Breakfast” tour October 6 with co-headliners in Coki and Bay Area producer Sayer, and opening support from G Space, Mystic Grizzly, sfam, and more.