Four years after returning to Michigan from Brooklyn, Shigeto forges his own contribution to Motown’s musical culture with his latest jazz-inflected joint “Detroit Part II.”
Nuanced with saxophone melodies and effected synths atop an analogue drum sample vaguely reminiscent of the techno genre birthed by the track’s namesake city, “Detroit Part II” alludes to his upcoming The New Monday LP out October 6 on Ghostly International.
The black-and-white video pairing recalls a veritable pastiche of the artist’s Detroit experience framed by a grainy VHS camcorder-looking aspect ratio. Compounding the nostalgia factor, catch clips of Shigeto photographing people and street art with what looks like a film camera.
After years touring the world while calling Detroit home, Shigeto not only finds himself in the middle of producing his career’s best music so far. In addition to hosting vinyl record-driven “The New Monday” series at the low-key Motor City Wine in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, the instrumentally-inclined producer recently created label Portage Garage Sounds with his brother just outside Detroit in Hamtramck, Michigan. That his forthcoming LP enjoys the same name as his weekly DJ series is no coincidence: to him, Detroit speaks inspiration.
Shigeto maintains that while past albums like Lineage and No Better Time Than Now sprouted from a personal place, The New Monday LP channels a sense communal solidarity characteristic of Detroit’s varied musical landscape. And though its noticeably terpsichorean sound represents a departure from his previous releases, what’s a community celebration without dancing?