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To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere. Emancipator (Douglas Appling) played his first live show in July 2009, opening for Bonobo at the Roseland Theater (cap. 1500). Since then, he’s toured with Bassnectar, drawn crowds at festivals like Trinumeral and Symbiosis, and closed out Sound Tribe Sector 9’s late night parties in Denver at the request of the band.

But those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self-released his first album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, at the age of 19 in 2006. His agile melodies layered over headnodic, immaculately-produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” was picked up by Japanese super-producer Nujabes, pressed in Japan and sold 5,000 copies in the first six months. Emancipator landed a Puma sponsorship, gave an interview to Rolling Stone Japan, discovered one of his songs was played at the Beijing Olympics (still trying to figure out how that happened) and his song “Shook,” a mashup that perfectly mixes Mobb Deep’s mighty raps with a haunting track from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, become the highest-rated song on Hype Machine’s “Best 50 Songs of 2007,” and appeared on Hype Machine as the #2 most popular song in April 2009. Meanwhile, fans waited hungrily for the next album.


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  • netskyfire

    Absolutely amazaing :)[2]

    24 Jan 1:12pm Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    ♪♫ღ♥ Nevergreen ♥ღ♫♪

    20 Jan 2:10pm Reply
  • Akagi-kun

    want new album !

    5 Jan 3:52pm Reply
  • loulou311

    Inspiring music, beautiful & hypnotic. <3

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Gabadenis

    Beautiful music, really impressed

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jontteskate

    Absolutely amazaing :)

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • freddystudart

    Awesome music!!!!

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • stylte

    I want u in Poland, so fucking much.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • xnahlen

    'when i go' is so underrated [4]

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • gruzzly

    i'm honestly surprised no one has asked emancipator to produce for them

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ZRFS

    magic sounds

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • FarRenGate

    'when i go' is so underrated [3]

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Seco

    'when i go' is so underrated [2]

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • VeRSuTA_

    "Safe in the Steep Cliffs" se "First Snow" - BEST TRaCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • flamesnoopy

    Need more Emancipator already..

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • daanhakvoort

    @KandacesFM bury them bones

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • whatwillburn

    I would love an album that sounds like his production work for Sadistik, he has absolutely nailed a modern take on early 90s golden age hiphop sounds.

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • KandacesFM

    I saw Emancipator live last week and they played this one song with an upbeat flute in it. Does anyone know the name of these song? I was unable to find it. I definitely was not from the Dusk to Dawn album. Can anyone help me out here?

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Temperans_Bliss

    Anthem ♥ it's the 1st his song i've heard

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    nahh lovely production and gorgeous sounding strings/piano segments, but waay to predictable and generic in terms of composition and pacing. I really wish the artist was a little bit more willing to take a step aside and develop his ides

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
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