Portland-based producer Emancipator has announced the Mountain of Memory (Remixes) LP via his self-run Loci Records. Featuring fresh takes on each of his acclaimed album’s fourteen tracks, he’s begun the rollout with a brilliant “Labyrinth” remix from French producer CloZee that bridges the gap between groovy electronic touches and a distinct hip-hop bounce.
Douglas Appling, the Portland based electronic musician known to music enthusiasts as Emancipator, takes a natural approach to his art. The classically trained violinist, and veteran of more traditional bands during his college years, grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Listening to his parents’ wide-ranging collection of albums – Kraftwerk, Orbital, Fleetwood Mac – as well as the African sounds his mother discovered during her years in the Peace Corps, profoundly influenced his expansive approach to music making. The music on his most recent effort, Mountain of Memory, continues to refine and consolidate his creative ethos.
As for CloZee, she’s a world bass producer drawing inspiration from her frequent travels and subsequent explosive performances across the globe. She recently released the full-length Neon Jungle LP via her imprint Odyzey Music.
Founded and curated by downtempo staple Emancipator, Loci Records is a point of convergence – the crossroads of melodic downtempo, instrumental hip hop, and electronica. Over the last seven years, Loci has quietly become a platform for intelligent, carefully crafted, electronic music, shining a light on young artists, and helping those acts bring their visions to fruition.
Mountain of Memory (Remixes) arrives in its entirety on October 9.