A few years back, a little-known 19-year-old Doug Appling burst onto the mid- and downtempo scene with brooding guitar and violin melodies draped like velvet over coursing hip-hop beats. Emancipator was born from Appling's multi-instrumental background and love of beat production. Raised in Virginia, Emancipator made the move to the Pacific Northwest and joined forces with STS9's label 1320 Records to release 2010's follow-up 'Safe in the Steep Cliffs,' an emotional monster even more intricate than his first.
For the past few years, Emancipator has been a mainstay on festival late-nights and sunrise sets. Appling's live show has him moving furiously between guitars and basses, samplers and laptops in order to layer a dizzying number of parts into his brand of lush and penetrating sound. Emancipator is embarking on a tour with Blockhead in one week which will take him from the Northeast to the southern Atlantic states, and then they'll skip over to the West.
On next week's program, special guest FreQ Nasty will be featured. He has been at the forefront of the breaks, drum 'n' bass, and dubstep movements for more than a decade. His social activism has partnered him with Bassnectar, Heavyweight Dub Champion, and others to improve the lives of the less fortunate around the world. The latest FreQ Nasty release, Dread at the Controls, will be out on Beatport January 26th.
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