With the Loci Showcase Tour underway (as of March 7)in the Northeast part of the states (USA), downtempo artists Emancipator (Doug Appling) and 9 Theory (Gabe Lehner) have teamed up for an upcoming new EP titled “Cheeba Gold”, out March 22 on Emancipator’s Loci Records imprint. The lead single ‘Chameleon’ is described as a three-part journey that captures the spirit of the entire EP, mainly due to the song containing different chapters that are all based on the same groove. “The title might have something to do with the idea of shapeshifting surface forms as well as a nod to that magnificently mysterious old world lizard,” says Appling.
Lehner adds, “Somehow while all three sections sound nothing like each other, they all fit together as one song perfectly. This kind of became a theme of the EP, having 2-3 completely different sections with the same track.”
‘Cheeba Gold’, which takes its name from a brand of hot sauce and came together in four days, is the first collaboration between the two artists who originally met in 2011.“Gabe and I share a lot of musical common ground in the realm of instrumental beats. We have similar influences and intuition so it was easy to develop the sound.” says Appling.
Speaking of similar influences, their mini-bios are listed below.
“9 Theory is the solo music project of the eclectic LA-based singer/songwriter, beat-maker, remixer, and producer, Gabe Lehner. With a passion for making music bordering on obsession, and a love and appreciation for all genres, 9 Theory fuses together phat beats, catchy melodies, beautiful sonic textures, and creative soundscapes around a foundation that blends electronic, hip-hop, and indie rock into a fresh sound.”
While the bio of Emancipator’s describes “A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling – more commonly known as Emancipator – has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling’s organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness.”
That said, while drawing inspiration from genres as diverse as hip-hop, jazz, indie-rock, electronica, and classical music as well as from global cultures, in short don’t expect a release thats exactly like 9 Theory or Emancipator.
“I remember making a comment at one point about how this stuff wasn’t sounding quite like 9 Theory or Emancipator music,” Lehner says. “Doug came back with the perfect quote to sum it up, saying, ‘it’s like a venn diagram.’”
Writing this after they played in Boston, audiences will have a chance to experience Appling and Lehner’s meeting of the minds and the resulting new music live when Emancipator and 9 Theory head out on the Loci Records Showcase tour in March and April with label mates Marley Carroll, Edamame, Frameworks, and Lapa. If you’re in the Southeast (where i’m located at), they’ll be making a stop at Terminal West in Atlanta.
Listen to the single below. It was also previously debuted on the This Song is Sick site. Tour info also listed below.
LOCI RECORDS SHOWCASE TOUR DATES:
*both Emancipator & 9 Theory will be on all of these dates
3/7 | Boston MA | Brighton Music Hall
3/9 | New York NY | Bowery Ballroom
3/28 | Atlanta GA | Terminal West
3/30 | Chicago IL | Chop Shop
4/12 | Los Angeles CA | The Roxy
4/13 | San Francisco CA | Great American Music Hall
4/26 | Portland OR | Star Theater
4/27 | Seattle WA | The Crocodile
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