Shigeto is back. The musical alter-ego of Zach Saginaw has announced his first album in four years, shared a new track, and revealed that he’ll be playing London.
The follow-up to 2013’s ‘No Better Time Than Now’, ‘The New Monday’ is set for release on 6 October and is preceded by ‘Detroit Part II’. The song is accompanied by visuals that chronicle his return, four years ago, to the city following a stint in Brooklyn, New York.
“It’s focused on a couple things and they all kind of come together to represent different things,” says Saginaw of the new album. “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.”
Named after a weekly DJ event called Monday is the New Monday, Shigeto’s third LP leans in more of a dance music direction than its predecessors.
“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,” he explains.
“I think over the past four years, I can confidently say that I found my place here. 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.”
- See Shigeto live at Omeara on 9 October 2017.