When: Wed., Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Detroit-based experimental electronic producer Zachary Saginaw grew up playing jazz drums in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent a few years studying music at the New School in New York City before he started making beats as Shigeto. The latest Shigeto album, this year’s No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International), sometimes suggests soul jazz or organ jazz, with touches of vibraphone or melodies that sound like they’re played on a Hammond B-3—the warm notes land like raindrops in a pond and ripple smoothly through the songs. The keyboard parts provide a sumptuous foundation for his engrossing programmed percussion, which might be a syncopated, post-Dilla pileup or a calm, minimalist pattern full of wide-open spaces. The restraint Saginaw exercises on his most soothing tracks makes them particularly striking; “Miss U,” for instance, uses lightly rattling drums and a sparse, ascending keyboard pattern that practically climbs out of your speakers to envelop you in a gentle embrace. —Leor Galil Beacon and Nitemoves open.