At some point in every artist’s career, it becomes clear whether the formative work that they put into their early years will come to fruition. This progression seems even more evident in electronic music than others. Often with producers in there infantile stages, the works will hint at something big, but whether that something big will materialize is a question that only time can answer. Brooklyn, New York based producer Shigeto has been a major purveyor of beats based electronic music over the last several years, and though his early EPs and 2010’s Full Circle were solid efforts in their own right, they were definitely stepping stones toward what Zach Saginaw has put forth with Lineage.

Heretofore Saginaw’s compositions, though steeped heavily in the wispy nostalgia of the chillwave movement, leaned heavily on the more rough hewn compositions of the L.A. beat scene. There’s no disputing the touch of the off-kilter beats of the Brainfeeder family on tracks like Full Circle’s 'Escape From The Incubator' or 'Relentless Drag'. Such tracks, so reliant on their grating synths and slightly nauseating drum patterns seem the kind of track that might have inspired Flying Lotus’ derision for much of that beat scene that so clearly formed around him. That being said there were certainly moments in Shigeto’s earlier work that promised what would come. Lineage’s laid back beats seem more steeped in the jazzy tones of the What We Held Onto EP or even the work of early Four Tet. Here we have an LP entirely free of rough edges, constructed on clattering drums and woozy samples that seem more reliant on ambient music than the bangers that inhabited Full Circle.

The title track’s reliance on a brief vocal sample and some relaxing electric piano lines set the tone for an effort more relaxed than anything he’s put out to date. And though this laid back style is new, and perhaps more reminiscent of someone like Shlohmo, Shigeto seems so much more comfortable in this realm. Not that the aforementioned bangers like 'Ann Arbor Part 2' felt forced, but the chilled glockenspiel filled tones of 'Ann Arbor Part 3 & 4' seem so natural, it’s like this is what he was meant to be making all along.

Saginaw has found in Lineage a much more distinct world to inhabit, and though it might be accepted to lazily throw out comparisons to artists who tread the same sonic paths, it's unfair to what this album is. Though a mini-LP clocking in at less than 30 minutes, Lineage represents an artist finding his distinct niche in a field that’s becoming increasingly crowded. It's an incredibly pleasant listen and certainly fulfils if not surpasses the promise hinted at in his earlier works.