Boomkat Product Review:
A great debut solo release from new Ghostly artist Shigeto, combining cutting edge digitised hip-hop with cinematic textures colourful post-IDM styled edits. "The songs on Shigeto's Semi-Circle EP are bright, constantly shifting compositions, heavy on hip-hop rhythm but lighter on their feet than your usual bedroom sample symphonies. Zach Saginaw was a jazz drummer before he started tinkering in Reason, and the three-over-four claps and stuttering hi-hats of "Eternal Life" bear testament to the producer's hands-on approach. Elsewhere, "There Is Always Hope" crowds the speakers with sensorial detail-cut 'n paste percussion, an almost-too-smooth synth obbligato, and wave after wave of saturated keyboard tones, bright as a winter sun. Closing track "Embrace the Cold" takes a darker approach, hinting at the paranoia and dread lurking at the heart of Shigeto's uplifting endeavor. The track's barrage of squelches and vibraphone evoke a high-speed chase-an escape, perhaps-from some enemy, real or imagined."