– Shares new single & video “Barry White“
– October & November world tour dates
– Album ‘The New Monday’ out Oct 6th via Ghostly International
Today, Detroit-based artist Shigeto, aka, Zach Saginaw is sharing his new single & video “Barry White”. The track is taken from his upcoming album, ‘The New Monday‘, due Oct 6th via Ghostly International. Shigeto is also set to play a London show on Oct 9th at Omera.
The importance of the Detroit community has come through strongly in the initial looks from the album. The video for “Detroit Part II” featured intimate shots of the Motor City, and “Don’t Trip” featured Detroit emcee Silas Green. Today Saginaw collaborates with another Detroit native, Zelooperz (as he did on the recent A Piece of the Geto album as ZGTO), in a surreal video for the album track “Barry White” that’s directed by Voiid Studio.
From Voiid Studio: “We wanted to create something both real and surreal, a little dark but also vivid, that reflected the qualities and power of the track, underpinned by Zach and Z’s (Zelooperz) strange world in Detroit. The guys liked our ideas and brought a ton of resources to bear, so we were off to an exhausting, exhilarating, filthy weekend in Detroit and a very, very satisfying collaboration.”
While always having a personal approach to his projects, Saginaw’s influences for his third album, The NewMonday, are more about the community of Detroit than anything else. Named after a weekly DJ event calledMonday is the New Monday that Saginaw does at the unassuming Motor City Wine with a group of friends, The New Monday is the result of Saginaw diving into the city’s deep record culture, where the legacy of artists of the past help Saginaw embrace his own contributions. The album is set for an October 6th release via Ghostly International.
“It’s focused on a couple things and they all kind of come together to represent different things,” explains Saginaw.“My time back in Detroit, back living in Michigan and spending time with a lot of kind of original people who have always been here, learning from them, hearing stories from them, being influenced by them, and inspired by them.”
While, in the past, projects like Lineage or No Better Time Than Now were rooted in strong personal messages, family and relationships respectively, The New Monday represents a communal effort where solidarity is the key. Going for a simplified approach of just trying to make good tracks, The New Monday is diverse in its styles leaning more into a dance music direction – new ground for a Shigeto project. A new air of confidence in Saginaw has expanded his horizons since his return to Detroit, but traces of his past work will continue to be present.
“I don’t want people to think I’m leaving anything,” says Saginaw. “I’m still me. It’s a result of me being immersed in the culture, and inevitably making music that is influenced by that culture whether it be house, techno, jazz, rap. It doesn’t matter. It’s all coming from what I love about Michigan.”
The New Monday still features the jazz textures long associated with Shigeto projects, but the varied elements that make up the album cohesively come together to show the distinct inspiration that Saginaw has drew from since his return home to Detroit. As much as some tracks are hip-hop influenced, it’s a mutant that encompasses elements of dance music, jazz, and ambient sounds.
Throughout The New Monday, Saginaw poignantly references the musical influences that have either always been with him or newly discovered. It is Saginaw’s interpretation of Detroit’s rich culture of innovative artistry — something that’s richly detailed and revered in the recent video for “Detroit Part II” — but done so with respect for the history and to contribute, not disrupt.
“I think over the past four years, I can confidently say that I found my place here,” describes Saginaw. “I’m happy here and I feel that I have the respect from the people I need respect from, that I want respect from. It’s all of the result of embracing it and embracing, not Detroit, but embracing community, embracing family, being closer to my parents, being closer to my oldest friends.”
Shigeto live dates:
Oct 05 Berlin, DE @ Ritter Butzke
Oct 06 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Oct 07 Liege, BE @ KulturA
Oct 09 London, UK @ Omeara
Oct 20 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Oct 26 Montreal, QC @ Newspeak
Oct 27 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Nov 03 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Nov 06 New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 08 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Nov 09 San Francisco, CA @ RIckshaw Stop
Nov 10 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Nov 11 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Nov 16 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Nov 17 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
Nov 18 Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
‘The New Monday’ artwork:
‘The New Monday’ track list:
01. Detroit Part II (Official video)
02. Barry White (ft. ZelooperZ) (Official video)
03. Ice Breaker
04. In Case You Forgot
05. There’s A Vibe Tonight (ft. Kaleena Zanders)
06. A2D (ft. ZelooperZ & Silas Green) (AAPV)
07. Wit Da Cup
08. Don’t Trip (ft. Silas Green) (Soundcloud)
09. When We Low
Featured Photo Credit : Kristin Adamczyk