Shigeto – Ringleader (single) (Ghostly International)


A truly captivating and mesmerizing track, “Ringleader” is the second taster lifted from U.S. electronic artist Shigeto’s upcoming full-length album, ‘No Better Time Than Now’.

Per the press release:

“The music of Zach Saginaw, p/k/a/ Shigeto, has always been deeply rooted in his personal history. His debut EPs ‘Semi-Circle’ and ‘What We Held Onto’ explored his grandmother’s experience from a U.S. internment camp through ambient, beat driven tracks, nostalgic melodies and spliced vocal samples including his own grandmother’s vocals. His debut album ‘Full Circle’ became a culmination of these EPs and further refinement of obsessive field recording and meticulous percussion, creating lush, sumptuous instrumental hip-hop. 2012’s sophomore album, ‘Lineage’, was a musical journey through his heritage combined with the sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk”.

“Ringleader” is meticulously crafted number characterized by its layers of percussion. Delivered with an up-tempo shuffle, the sound is bright and sharp with tinkerings of complex arpeggiated melodies courtesy of chimes, organs, shakers, angklung, digitized blips, and toms…and that’s just scratching the surface.

A truly unique and complex sound, the only comparison that springs to mind is Four Tet.

The single was released on 18 June, 2013 through Ghostly International while the album, ‘No Better Time Than Now’, will be released on 20 August, 2013.

Listen to “Ringleader” below: