Artist: Shigeto
Title: The New Monday

Cat#: ARTPL-096
Format: CD / Digital


Release Date: 2017.10.06
2,200yen + tax

現代エレクトロニック・ミュージック・シーンの才人、Shigetoの新たな夜明け『The New Monday』!

現代エレクトロニック・ミュージック・シーンのキーマンのひとり、デトロイトを拠点に活動しているトラックメイカー/ドラマー、Zach Saginawによるソロ・プロジェクトShigetoの、ele-kingのレビューでE王を獲得するなど、各所で絶賛された傑作『No Better Time Than Now』[ARTPL-040]以来となる通算3作目のフル・アルバム『The New Monday』が完成!自らの原点であるジャズのテイストを残しつつ、様々なダンス・ミュージックの要素を取り込み横断する、まさに「デトロイト愛」に満ちた充実作!

かつてはニューヨークはブルックリンで活動していたこともある彼だが(一時期はSchool of Seven Bellsのサポート・ドラマーとして活動)、生まれ故郷のミシガン州へと戻り、実家のあるアナーバーとほど近いデトロイトにスタジオを構えて約4年が経過した。彼がそこでディープなレコード・カルチャーのコミュニティーへ飛び込み、そのシーンで多くの人々からインスピレーションを受けて、視野を広め、多様なスタイルを吸収・消化し完成させた作品。

冒頭を飾る「Detroit Part II」は前作に収録されていた「Detroit Part 1」の続編にあたるであろうトラックであり、これまでの彼のアプローチと現在の彼のスタイルをコネクトするようなサウンド。テクノ〜ハウス的なビートを基軸にローズやサックスなどメロウで艶かしいジャズ・フレイヴァーがクロスフェードしていく様相に引き込まれる。続く「Barry White」では、かつてDanny BrownのBruiser Brigadeのメンバーとして活動し、現在はShigetoと共にZGTOというサイド・プロジェクトも行っているデトロイトのヒップホップ・アーティスト、ZelooperZのラップをフィーチャー。パーカッシヴなリズムにカリンバのリリカルな音色を織り交ぜ展開していく中、ZelooperZの独特のヒプノティックなフロウがリヴァービーに溶け込んでいくのが印象的なトラック。その他にもデトロイト・テクノのフレイヴァーを感じさせる「Ice Breaker」や、LAの女性シンガー、Kaleena Zandersをフィーチャーしたジャジーでソウルフルな「There’s A Vibe Tonight」など、様々な曲調を展開。自らの原点であるジャズのテクスチャーを残しつつ、現在の拠点であるデトロイトの革新的的な芸術文化のコミュニティに根ざし、様々な人々にインスピレーションを受け、ヒップホップ〜テクノ〜ハウス〜アンビエントなど様々な要素を取り込み咀嚼し、よりダンス・ミュージックにフォーカスし完成させた、新たなShigeto節が炸裂している充実の傑作。

It’s been four years since Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto, returned home to Michigan from a stint in Brooklyn, NY, and since then, the multi-faceted musician has become a part of the fabric of Detroit’s music scene. While always having a personal approach to his projects, Saginaw’s influences for his third album, The New Monday, are more about the community of Detroit than anything else. Named after a weekly DJ event called Monday 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 there legacy of artist’s of the past help Saginaw embrace his own contributions.

“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.”

While The New Monday still features the jazz textures long associated with Shigeto projects, 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. Like on “Barry White”, which features Detroit hip-hop artist ZelooperZ  (a member of Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade crew who Saginaw also has a side project with called ZGTO), Saginaw captures everything he’s been doing all on one track. As much as it’s 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, 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.”


01. Detroit Part II
02. Barry White (ft. ZelooperZ)
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)
09. When We Low
10. Detroit Part II (I94 Mix) [Bonus Track]