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To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere, 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 head nod-inducing, immaculately-produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. Reviews of the album declared it "chill but captivating," with "fresh, clean production and sweet melodies." The disc 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, and even had his song “Maps” played at the Bejing Olympics.

Emancipator's second album, Safe In The Steep Cliffs (2010), 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.

Having recently released his latest album Remixes (2011), which features his songs remixed by a variety of other artists, Emancipator continues to produce haunting, enrapturing music that eludes easy genre classification. As one fan described it, "It's really pretty, but like with SICK beats."

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