Album Review: Emancipator – Seven Seas [Loci Records]
Album Review / Downtempo/Minimal / Electronic / Hip-Hop (Instrumental)

Album Review: Emancipator – Seven Seas [Loci Records]

by Kyle Taylor | There is simply nothing more welcoming to the ears than a new Emancipator record. Slathered with organic rhythms and dripping with fusion atmospheres, Doug Appling’s (Emancipator) newest creation is once again a freely majestic pilgrimage into the depths of worldly sound. Seven Seas could not be a more appropriate name, as the album could easily fit … Continue reading

Emancipator – Dusk to Dawn Remixes
Downtempo/Minimal / Electronic / Hip-Hop (Instrumental)

Emancipator – Dusk to Dawn Remixes

by Kyle Taylor | It’s been over two years since the release of Emancipator‘s album, Dusk to Dawn. Most remix albums follow their original release’s premier date much more closely, but a single listen of the Dusk to Dawn Remixes record conveys the insurmountable efforts of time poured into each remix with blatant clarity. The two plus years that … Continue reading

Album Review: Stèv – Beyond Stolen Notes
Album Review / Downtempo/Minimal / Electronic / Hip-Hop (Instrumental)

Album Review: Stèv – Beyond Stolen Notes

by Kyle Taylor | For those looking for something a bit more laid-back and ethereal, Oregon label Loci Records is keeping it lush and mellow with their latest release. Owned by Doug Appling (Emancipator), the label has been home to strategically complex beats, implementing a consistent fusion of sounds natural and electronic. Like that of Emancipator’s own releases, … Continue reading

Stèv – “Hills Are Floating” & New Album Announcement | FREE DL
Downtempo/Minimal / Electronic

Stèv – “Hills Are Floating” & New Album Announcement | FREE DL

Photo by Luca Norio by Kyle Taylor | We have come to know that we can always trust Portland label Loci Records to deliver the most resilient of soulful melodies. The label, founded in 2012 by Doug Appling- more commonly known as Emancipator– has been home to the West Coast producer’s latest album, Dusk to Dawn, as well as albums from Tor (Drum Therapy) and D.V.S* (Comfort … Continue reading

D.V.S* – “Comfort Zone”
Downtempo/Minimal / Electronic

D.V.S* – “Comfort Zone”

by Kyle Taylor This album couldn’t possibly achieve a more appropriate title. It puts your ears exactly where it says it will, and exactly where they belong: in the Comfort Zone. Up until now, D.V.S* has exhibited an inexorable ability to channel his lush, original sounds through a variety of musical genres. For his latest album on Loci Records, … Continue reading

D.V.S* – “We Could Be Better” + New Album Announcement
Electronic / Jam/Jamtronica

D.V.S* – “We Could Be Better” + New Album Announcement

by Kyle Taylor A good mark of a truly talented musician is the ability to experiment with endless different ideas, especially while maintaining a staple of originality. Austin, Texas musician Derek Van Scoten, commonly known as D.V.S*, has flexed an exemplary understanding of this. The producer/guitarist has carried his unique, gentle sound through countless genres, most often … Continue reading