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Electronic/Dance - Released October 6, 2017 | Ghostly International

In the title of this album from Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto, the word New is essential. A reference to the evening Monday Is The New Monday which he hosts at the Motor City Wine in Detroit, it also marks a return to the fold for the DJ/tinkerer. Is it a new life? After years in New York, Shigeto has come back to his native Michigan to revitalize himself and find a new inspiration by drawing into his own roots. The roots of a city—Detroit—in reconstruction and that has never ceased to be a musical lab throughout the 20th century. The roots also of a local community that he wants to support and enrich. Released as always by Ghostly, The New Monday reveals a fortified Shigeto. Here, his downtempo and abstract hip hop habits shift even more towards the dancefloor. A dancefloor obviously subtle, sophisticated and nuanced. Without being pure electro music, pure jazz, pure hip hop, pure soul but being all of that at the same time, the album is the captivating snapshot of a city at a turning point of its history. Assisted on four tracks by the voices of ZeelooperZ, Kaleena Zanders and Silas Green, Zach Saginaw evolves in a way that gives even more depth to his musical vision. © MZ/Qobuz
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 19, 2013 | Ghostly International

The title of Zach Saginaw's third Ghostly International album signifies a possible retreat from the producer's nostalgic nature. Instead, No Better Time Than Now is more about the steady development of his sound, which has become increasingly spacious and intricate at once, as well as more human and melodic, still shaped by his past as much as his present. Given the buoyant spirit streaked through some of the tracks, the album's title could be interpreted as a statement of contentment rather than as a motivational phrase. "Detroit, Pt. 1," his liveliest track yet, initially works a knocking beat worthy of Flying Lotus' Los Angeles against graceful electric piano and video-game blips, and then shifts into support for a dazzling thumb-piano pattern. "Ringleader" is filled with bustling percussion, while the title track is equally urgent with driving drums and a zipping near-frenzy of synthesizers. The wistful quality of his earlier releases remains through the quiet rustle of "Olivia," named after the street on which he grew up, and "Miss U," where the thumb piano acts more like an accent over firm drums, shimmering effects, and longing electric piano. "Silver Lining," a kind of sulking shuffle with heavily echoed and unintelligible chorus, likewise evokes a lonesome healing process. This is Saginaw's most colorful and accomplished release, and it indicates a vast range of individualistic possibilities for his next move. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released September 28, 2018 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 31, 2012 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 30, 2015 | Ghostly International

Zach Saginaw's six-track 2015 EP is titled in a way to tip off listeners to its secondary position in the Shigeto discography. Issued amid much activity beneath and above the surface, such as the recording of Dave Douglas' High Risk and the building of a recording studio, Intermission is presented as a stopgap between the second and third proper Shigeto albums. Though it might not be as substantial or as neatly tied together as No Better Time Than Now, the EP is easy to enjoy and full in form. Typically intricate, polyrhythmic cuts -- the modestly titled "Pulse" and "Do My Thing" chief among them -- feature prickly thumb piano and synthesizer lines coursing through maze-like patterns. The shorter ambient tracks, like those of peers Mark Van Hoen/Locust and Boards of Canada, are worth more than a few deep listens. Saginaw doesn't know exactly what lies ahead -- one reason why Appetizer wouldn't have been an apt title. Even so, this small portion effectively increases anticipation for the third album from a producer and instrumentalist who mixes the analog and the electronic on a level occupied by few others. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 11, 2010 | Ghostly International

For Brooklyn-based Zachary Shigeto Saginaw, “full circle” entails growing up on early Ghostly International releases -- Dabrye’s left-field hip-hop classic One/Three, most evidently -- and developing his skill to the point where the label has released his work. Full Circle follows a handful of EPs on Moodgadget and Ghostly, and it deals in crisp, complex constructions that incorporate layer upon layer of sound over off-center beats. This is modern, melodic IDM -- home-listening electronic music that pulls from ambient techno, hip-hop, and the more challenging end of dubstep. Even at its most detailed and least predictable -- as on “Escape from the Incubator,” a mini-symphony of gently prodding synth sprites and mystifying percussion -- Full Circle does not sound overstuffed for the sake of showing off. Gorgeous, bent stuff. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 15, 2017 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 22, 2018 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 25, 2018 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 25, 2013 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 8, 2012 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 1, 2011 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 20, 2010 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 20, 2010 | Ghostly International

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