By: Jonathan Gross
Emancipator is not one to rush. A full two years after Dusk To Dawn was first released, the Dusk To Dawn Remixes appear today (July 8) on Loci Records. Well worth the wait, in our estimation.
UK mastermind Frameworks leads off the album with a gorgeous take on the title track. Apparently Doug Appling discovered the Brit long before us, when he performed with Matt Brewer in Manchester last summer and, like us, fell in love with his lush, orchestral creations. Frameworks expands the rich melodic structures of "Dusk To Dawn," taking care to build upon, and not detract from that ephemeral and addictive chorus.
Eliot Lipp decontructs "Minor Cause," replacing warm, organic strings with harsher, synthetic bleeps and bloops. Plenty of bass and wild, worldly percussive choices find their way into the rehashing. The result is a powerful electro-soul piece that bangs hard. A bold choice that Appling clearly digs.
Already, ODESZA's remix of "Eve II" has rocketed to #1 on Hype Machine, bringing more acclaim to the already powerful duo. Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight bring an organic house flair to the tune, pumping up the tempo, but also bringing their signature sound to the plate. Lots of space and lots of delicate thumb piano in this one. Stunning, in a word.
Other standouts on the album include remix contest winner NKLA and the remix of "Valhalla." Loci recording artist D.V.S* carefully reworks "Merlion" into a swirl of reverb-soaked strings. Gorgeous as ever. SaQi, Tor, and Little People also contribute masterful, and above all tasteful renditions of Emancipator creations.
In order to collect such marvelous, reverent remixes, Appling had to take his time. And we don't begrudge him a single minute. Emancipator hits Camp Bisco in just over a week, and then brings the Emancipator Ensemble to Loveland, CO for ARISE Festival in early August.
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