“One year after Michigan-based artist Zach Saginaw released his fourth album as Shigeto, a genre-blending Detroit love letter called The New Monday, he returns with another eclectic display of affection for the musical community that makes Motor City music tick. The four new tracks on his Weighted EP, including a sumptuous remix from Detroit house luminary Andrés, continue to refine and augment the patchwork of jazz, hip-hop, and electronics that Shigeto has built his catalog with.
But far be it from Saginaw to repeat himself. Whether it's the heavy, disjointed beats of "Fight Club" or the vibey house roller "The Line Up (feat. Ian Fink)," Weighted drops as many low-key surprises as it does smokey grooves. A track as blown-out and deceptively simple as "Ooh Ooh" might at first feel like an anomaly coming from Shigeto—once the cacophonous production settles in, however, it clearly bears the mark of a master producer flexing new muscles. And that's true of Weighted as a whole. Saginaw is pushing his music into fresh spaces, forming imaginative shapes while keeping his focus on the city and culture that so deeply inspires him.” - Ghostly International press release
Weighted, released on Ghostly International on September 28, 2018.
Written and produced by Zachary Shigeto Saginaw
Recorded at the Portage Garage
Mixed by Christopher Koltay and Zachary Saginaw at High Bias Recordings, Detroit
Photography by Jon DeCola
Design by Michael Cina
A1. Fight Club
A2. Ooh Ooh
B1. The Line Up (feat. Ian Fink)
B2. Detroit Part II (feat. Marcus Elliot) (Andrés Remix)
01. Fight Club
02. Ooh Ooh
03. The Line Up (feat. Ian Fink)
04. Detroit Part II (feat. Marcus Elliot) (Andrés Remix)
GI-328, Streaming, WAV/MP3 download
GI-328, Magenta vinyl, 2018-12, limited to 600 units. Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann. Pressed by Ghostly International
GI-328*, White label, 2018-09, 180-gram, limited to 100 units. Mastered by Josh Bonati. “Bootleg” white label, pressed by Shigeto
Vocals by Maricela Arechiga on “Ooh Ooh”
Tenor Saxophone by Marcus Elliot on “Detroit Part II”
Fender Rhodes by Ian Fink on “The Line Up”
Vanity Press EP
Recorded immediately after Weighted, the VP EP is something of a companion release.
Detroit Part II
The original release of “Detroit Part II” from The New Monday and the launch of Shigeto’s record label, Portage Garage Sounds (PGS)
The New Monday
Immediately preceding Weighted’s exploration of Detroit’s history of dance music
The first appearance of Ian Fink, collaborating with Shigeto
Immediately following Weighted, featuring contributions from Marcus Elliot, Ian Fink, Dez Andrés and Koltay.