SHIGETO + ZELOOPERZ = ZGTO
DETROIT-MADE COLLABORATION ZGTO SHARES NEW TRACK "BAND MAN"
DEBUT LP, A Piece of the Geto, OUT AUGUST 4TH VIA GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL & THIRD MAN RECORDS
“It’s a representation of what two brothers from completely different environment can give each other,” explains Shigeto. “The music is freedom for us. It’s a chance to say that all of those rules that you thought existed, don’t exist.”
In a city famed for its disparate and varied musical excellence, the Detroit-based alignment of feted electronic artist and producer Shigeto aka Zach Saginaw and rapidly rising Bruiser Brigade member ZelooperZ is an entirely natural thing. Introduced by mutual friends in the city, an instant bond was formed, and ZGTO was born. For Shigeto, it is the first time he’s musically stepped out the box of a solo artist and exclusively worked with a vocalist on a project. A Piece Of the Geto is out August 4th on Ghostly International, with a limited edition vinyl pressing by Third Man Records, which can be pre-ordered via the retailer of your choice here.
Over a two-year period, ZelooperZ and Shigeto would collaborate and experiment, honing their sound without any preconceived notions of its final form or an eventual release. Eventually and inevitably though, a full length record transpired. Following the bugged-out video for the track "Off Dat," today the second ZGTO album track "Band Man" surfaces. Shigeto's minimal production style on the track somehow provides a full backdrop for ZelooperZ's verbal interplay to bounce around in impressive style. Check it out below via Soundcloud.
A Piece Of The Geto is not exactly like any other album. There is a “less is more” philosophy with the production where the vocals of ZelooperZ are seamlessly interlaced into the fabric of the beats. It’s minimal in a sense, but the emotion felt through the words of ZelooperZ makes the songs as a whole intense and heavy with sentiment.
“I think our music makes people feel things,” says Shigeto. “To be yourself, to be who you want to be, and to be friends and have love for who you want to have love for.”