Emancipator: Tour Dates/Album


Safe In The Steep Cliffs, due out January 19, is the new set of finely-crafted, epic instrumentals from Portland-based electronica/hip hop/downtempo producer Emancipator, and features tight, syncopated percussion, organic melodies and eclectic samples.

The subtle beatmaster eludes genre classification but will appeal to admirers of DJ Shadow, Bonobo, and Pretty Lights.

Emancipator played his first live show in July 2009, opening for Bonobo at the Roseland Theater. 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.

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 then 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 mash up that perfectly mixes Mobb Deep's mighty raps with a haunting track from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, became 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.

The new album blends new instrumentation and organic samples with the signature Emancipator style of clean production, silky melodies and addictive drums. Dense layers of choirs, horns, American folk instruments such as the banjo and mandolin, violin and some distinct Asian influences make for a playful but refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want. Dance to it, chill out to it, immerse your mind in it.

Downloading Safe In The Steep Cliffs beginning January 19 here.

Emancipator Tour Dates
02/02/10 Tue Crown Hall Mendocino, CA*
02/03/10 Wed Arcata Theater Arcata, CA*
02/04/10 Thu McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR*
02/05/10 Fri Roseland Theater Portland, OR*
02/06/10 Sat Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA**
02/22/10 Mon The Wilma Theatre Missoula, MT**
02/25/10 Thu The Depot Salt Lake City, UT**
02/26/10 Fri House of Blues Las Vegas, NV**
02/27/10 Sat Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ**
02/28/10 Sun Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ**
03/03/10 Wed New Earth Music Hall Athens, GA
03/04/10 Thu 90 Proof Night Club Knoxville, TN
03/05/10 Fri 412 Market Chattanooga, TN
03/06/10 Sat 12th & Porter (Main Stage) Nashville, TN
03/07/10 Sun Kentucky Downs Franklin, KY

*Supporting Bassnectar
**Supporting STS9


[Published on: 1/12/10]

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