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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on American Aquarium, Kevin Devine, An Horse, Mux Mool and Shigeto

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Like rap, I like electronic music but lack serious faith in the genre’s live performance standards. But a couple of beat merchants from forward-thinking electronic labels Ghostly International and Moodgadget actually came correct (Oct. 17, Will’s Pub). Brooklyn-based Mux Mool, the vehicle of producer Brian Lindgren, rode a late-night frequency with fluid contours and fresh, deep-kicking breaks. With skillful beat embellishments that were nicely constructed and visibly done by hand, he tricked the loops enough to make things live.

The swirling IDM of Shigeto, the Brooklyn-based one-man act of Zachary Shigeto Saginaw, was more rooted in abstract hip-hop. Although his ambient textures trip the mind, the spirit of his beefy rhythms is visceral and active. But after an entire half-hour of pushing buttons and twisting knobs, he actually mounted a real drum kit,suddenly launching his set into interesting and truly live altitudes. Why homeboy withheld that ace so long, I’ve no idea. Not only did it bring legit dimension to his show, but dude’s got chops. Besides staying on time to his tracks without headphones, Shigeto’s drumming even pimped some jazz technique. It gave his set a much crisper, chiseled aspect and added snap and pop to his patterns. When you got skills this large,just get to it, man. It transformed his performance into something to both look at and hear. Y’know, a real live show.

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