Oakland-based electronic-music artist The Polish Ambassador brings his “no genre left behind” mix of glitchy, wobbly, electro-funk breakbeats to the lounge at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on Saturday.
The $15, all-ages show — a cool new turn for jazz-focused Yoshi’s — also coincides with this week’s release of 31-year-old David Sugalski’s new EP “Superpowers.”
Presented by Euphonic Conceptions and Yoshi’s San Francisco, Sugalski will be backed by visual artist Liminus, as well as openers Boris Gladkikh (aka Gladkill) and lazer-crunk DJ Freddy Todd.
Sugalski, using a laptop, builds songs with synthesizers and a big cache of samples of drums, bass, synth and vocals drawn from his prolific archives.
He started in 2006 as a bedroom hobbyist, self-releasing his debut LP, “Diplomatic Immunity,” and following that up with four more independently released studio albums.
“Superpowers” is technically his eighth release, which he says is slower, with more bass and ambiance. “It’s still got this tight groove that can make your body move. It’s a bit more sexy psych and earthy,” he says.
Born in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, Sugalski grew up on the Beastie Boys, The Roots and Outkast. His stage name came from tinkering around with music in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he wanted to be a scratch DJ. He was scratching and cutting up the phrase “and here comes the Polish ambassador” when friends stuck him with the moniker.
Moving to the Bay Area in 2006, things were slow at first. Sugalski worked day jobs and produced three records without performing. But when he obtained the music software program Ableton, he envisioned the kind of show he might want to do. “With Ableton I could blend five to eight tracks in a live setting at once,” he says.
Performing led to new friends and connections; his career has since taken off, and now he tours and produces full time.
“I’m just busy as I want to be. There’s offers coming in for every weekend,” he says.
Yoshi’s represents a new high point for The Polish Ambassador. Among The City’s most highly respected venues, it’s known mostly for jazz and pop music, not DJs. He says, “I’m super-stoked to be able to play in this club that’s such a historic club with an amazing history of acts. Eddie Money is playing here in a week!”
IF YOU GO
Where: Yoshi’s Lounge, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.
When: 10:30 p.m. Saturday