“Always back-up your computer” is one of those pieces of advice that, no matter how many times we’re urged by someone who has learned the hard way, we tend not to heed until too late. I can only imagine the pain of losing the product of hours and hours of creative work (I get upset if an email draft isn’t saved), but thankfully Michican-based producer Shigeto has turned the experience of having a laptop containing an in-progress album stolen into something positive (for listeners at least).

“R. Life” and “What You Really Needed” (both featuring Brandon Mitchell of Kadence and Carlos Garcia of L05 on vocals) are two tracks that were on said stolen laptop, which he was eventually able to recover. Having moved on creatively, he’s decided to make a gift of them to fans them rather than include them on an upcoming project.

And a kingly gift they are. Each is a gently executed amalgam of soul, jazz and UK underground dance music, sounding like something I could imagine D’Angelo making after binging on James Blake and Hemlock singles.  With tunes like these as a stopgap, the gate would appear to be wide open for new Shigeto material.

Shigeto’s Lineage is out now on Ghostly.


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