Shlohmo, Shigeto, Petworth (Moon/Bounce, DC)
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Star Slinger is an electronic project created by Nottinghamshire-born Darren Williams. It all started in April 2010 when he reignited his love for record shopping in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The name Star Slinger was born when he sampled BT Express’ instrumental B Side “Cowboy Dancer.” He often names his creations with word association towards the sample he uses.
By June 2010 Darren had pieced together his first LP “Volume 1.” Some tracks were reportedly made in the comfort of his own bed in the early hours. Others made not long after waking. Darren believes that routine and weekend culture aren’t his forte, and creating music at any given moment is how he approaches this project.
Meantime in June, Darren began collaborating with Ambient producer Teams (Knoxville, Tenn.). Together they worked on an EP, sending stems via soundcloud and were approached shortly after by the popular Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer to release a 12" as Teams vs. Star Slinger. The S/T EP will be out early 2011.
Skip to August 2010 Star Slinger is also in demand with the indie community. Small Black championed his Remix of their song “Photojournalist.” The blogosphere championed his Unofficial Remix of Deerhunter’s “Helicopter” and has since been approached for Official Remix Work from some of his longtime favorite bands, including Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts), the Morning Benders (Rough Trade) and the Go! Team (Memphis Industries).
Darren has also formed a collaboration group with Emay (Rapper/Producer from Toronto) and Blackbird Blackbird (Dream-Pop artost from San Francisco) called Seeing Suge. They have a 7” EP featuring their track “Breaking” and a solo track from each artist in the group. TBC on Beachtapes label 2011.
Darren is working on a new Record called Volume 2: Jetpack Jam, which should be out by early 2011. Confirmed songs on the album are Longtime & May I Walk With You.
"LA native Henry Laufer may be a young fella, but the 19-year-old producer, better known as Shlohmo, has rocketed on to our radar screen in recent months with his lo-fi, psychedelic mix of abstract hip-hop, dubstep-flavored wonk, bouncy synth-funk, breezy trip-hop, and what sounds like lost gems from the mid-'90s Mo' Wax catalog. Now splitting time between San Francisco and LA, in January Shlohmo will be releasing the Shlohmoshun Deluxe mini-album, so we decided to enlist him for the XLR8R podcast series now, before dude seriously blows up." --XLR8R
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.
Zach's body of work has grown over the last few years to the tune of several EPs on Moodgadget as Shigeto and with A Setting Sun, a pair of EPs under the alias Frank Omura (another family-name reference), and remixes for Worst Friends, Praveen & Benoit, Tycho, Mux Mool, Charles Trees, A Setting Sun, Beautiful Bells, Shlohmo, and more. The Semi-Circle EP will be his first release with Ghostly International; the full-length Full Circle is on the horizon. Semi-Circle is a fiercely independent work of art, nominally indebted to instrumental hip-hop but, like Zach, straddling many worlds at once. Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto's palette, which he wields with a painterly attention to detail.
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