Producer Douglas Appling, better known to music scene as Emancipator, will make his long awaited return to New York City on February 1st with a show at Irving Plaza. After a 2012 that included extensive touring and stops at festivals like Camp Bisco, Counter Point, and Gnarnia, as well as a tour with Pretty Lights, the producer will finally return for a solo show.

Emancipator’s music has been described as down-tempo, chill-step, and trip-hop, but it’s really just a unique blend of smooth, clean beats with catchy melodies that keep dance floor moving. The producer expertly uses a bevy of laptops and samplers to relay the sounds of his critically acclaimed albums onto the dance floor, creating a relaxed vibe that still makes you want to move.

The New York Times praised Emancipator’s last New York City show, saying “While many attempts to merge classical melodicism with dance music sound awkward and gimmicky — slumming with last year’s beat or just trying to make something the kids will buy — Emancipator has found a balance. He knows when to luxuriate in a melody and when to move along. No part of his fusion is forced.”

Random Rab and Tor will be providing support, so be sure to arrive early as doors are at 8PM.

Tickets are available now through Live Nation, here.

Listen to his new track ‘Minor Cause’:

Video of Emancipator at the Ogden in Denver, CO (2012):

Steam His Entire New EP Here: