Before Facebook, before Soundcloud, MySpace was the wild frontier. The groundbreaking social network ruled the world a decade ago, and it shook the music industry hard. Global public outreach was suddenly possible for bedroom musicians all across the globe, and in 2006, Emancipator made it work for him.
The Portland-based producer self-recorded and released his debut LP Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, promoted the album via "First Friend" Tom's favorite format, and mailed hard copies to fans. It wasn't long before a copy found itself in the hands of Nujabes, the famed Japanese beat producer who eventually released Soon It will Be Cold Enough on his label Hydeout Productions.
The LP launched Emancipator's career, but the official release was down a couple of track, "Maps" and "Father King." Emancipator has regularly played them in his live sets and the two have gone on to be fan favorites. In honor of Soon It Will Be Cold Enough's 10-year milestone, the producer proudly gives them the proper release the tracks deserve.
Besides the two original tracks, the Maps & Father King EP includes remixes from Star Slinger, Kodak To Graph, Catching Flies, and Imagined Herbal Flows. The EP is out on Hydeout Friday, Nov. 11, but you can listen to the A-side right now exclusively on Billboard Dance.