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Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
Groundislava (a.k.a. Jasper Patterson) may hail from Los Angeles and hold a membership in Shlohmo's Wedidit crew, but it's hard to argue that the young beatmaker hasn't carved out a sound all his own. Over the past few years, he's dropped a steady series of releases, most recently this summer's TV Dream EP. On August 28, he'll be following that up with a new album, Feel Me, a full-length effort on Friends of Friends that finds Groundislava synthesizing his loves of dreamy soundscapes, videogame nostalgia, and booming hip-hop beats into a singular musical vision. It seems that he's reached a new level of artistic maturity, which is why we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. He pulls heavily from his own catalog, unearthing a few previously unreleased gems in the process, but he also seems to enjoy the work being created by his Friends of Friends labelmates. It's a relaxed mix, one isn't scared to stray from the dancefloor but never ventures into absolute abstraction. Much like Groundislava's music, the podcast is hard to neatly pin down—perhaps that's what makes it such an interesting listen.
A DJ and tastemaker for over 15 years, DJ Dials has toured in Eu- rope, Asia and the United States, releasing on Giles’ Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label. As a promoter, DJ Dials has broken the careers of over 3 dozen popular artists in San Francisco.
DJ Dials - http://soundcloud.com/rivaldials
Heathered Pearls - http://soundcloud.com/heathered-pearls
Bogl - http://soundcloud.com/bogl-1
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