Album Review: Mountain of Memory by Emancipator (7/10)

The sixth studio release from Emancipator, this electronica album is a collection of instrumentals ranging from downbeat hip-hop and jazz to world music and trip-hop. the LP begins with the breakbeat composition "Alligator," a song driven by a drum machine and subtle hints of sitar, while "Waxin" is a highlighted by violin, vocal samples and nature soundscapes. Although the majority of the tracks are calm and relaxing, the most noteworthy song is an upbeat track called "Forged." The 11th song from the album's tracklist provides an appropriate moment of upbeat aggression for an LP that is otherwise full of soothing compositions.

Distributed by: Loci Records

Produced by: Douglas Appling