The New Monday
Four years after Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto, returned home to Michigan from a period in Brooklyn, NY, 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 fourth 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 the legacy of artists 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.”
The New Monday, released on Ghostly International on October 6, 2017.
©℗ Ghostly International / Portage Garage Sounds
Written and produced by Zachary Shigeto Saginaw
Recorded on West Grand Blvd. and at High Bias Recordings
Mixed by Christopher Koltay and Zachary Saginaw at High Bias Recordings, Detroit
Photography by Jon DeCola
Design by Michael Cina
Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann at Complete Mastering
A1. Detroit Part II
A2. Barry White (feat. ZelooperZ)
B1. Ice Breaker
B2. In Case You Forgot
C1. There’s A Vibe Tonight (feat. Kaleena Zanders)
C2. A2D (AAPV) (feat. ZelooperZ & Silas Green)
C3. Wit Da Cup
D1. Don’t Trip (feat. Silas Green)
D2. When We Low
CD / Streaming:
01. Detroit Part II
02. Barry White (feat. ZelooperZ)
03. Ice Breaker
04. In Case You Forgot
05. There’s A Vibe Tonight (feat. Kaleena Zanders)
06. A2D (AAPV) (feat. ZelooperZ & Silas Green)
07. Wit Da Cup
08. Don’t Trip (feat. Silas Green)
09. When We Low
Tenor Saxophone by Marcus Elliot on “Detroit Part II,” “In Case You Forgot,” and “When We Low”
Juno DI bassline by Ian Fink on “When We Low”
Electric bass by Jonathan Maron on “When We Low”
Live drums by Mark Guiliana on “Don’t Trip”
Additional XOXBOX production by Bill Spencer on “Barry White” and “Wit Da Cup”
“Detroit Part II”
Director/Producer: Brandon Rottman
Concept/Director of Photography: Edward Knight, Jr.
Editor/Producer: Shane Patrick Ford
A Production of The Work Inc.
Film by: Voiid Studio
Associate Producer: Jack Anderson
Starring: Shigeto, ZelooperZ
Kristin Adamczyk, Jack Anderson, Brendan Brulon, Selah Brace, Alex Gao, Amber Locke, Ben Saginaw, Devin Williams
The 2019 jazz reinterpretations EP, featuring a new (version) of “In Case You Forgot” as “Back 2 Basics.”
Detroit Part II
The first single from The New Monday, the launch of Shigeto’s record label, Portage Garage Sounds (PGS)
Spencer & Saginaw - “Real Talk”
A new alias, another take: the second release from PGS, released two months before The New Monday, featuring Walter Williams (ZelooperZ), in collaboration with Bill Spencer. Features “*b_W (AmbACiD Version),” the ambient mix of “Barry White”
ZGTO - “A Piece of the Geto”
Recorded concurrently with The New Monday, the début LP from Shigeto’s side project with Bruiser Brigade’s ZelooperZ
Continuing where The New Monday left off, featuring 3 new tracks and a remix of “Detroit Part II” by Detroit’s legendary Dez Andrés