The Newtown Sessions is a new bi-weekly in-studio series, brought to Noisey by our friends over at Newtown Radio, the Brooklyn-based online radio station.
Oliver Sabin has been making magical pop tunes since he was 15, waaaay back in 2006. The next year, he announced he'd be making music under the name Unicorn Kid. He soon became a luminary of chiptune, a dance music genre made using sound clips pulled from old game consoles. Unicorn Kid's unique sound has been highly praised in his native Scotland, and across the UK (and just in case you were wondering, he's not the son of the North Korean Unicorn).
It appears Unicorn Kid is gaining momentum after several fantastic singles - "Pure Space" is one of the year's best - and notable remixes of Pet Shop Boys, Grimes, and Pictureplane. His music is a unique fusion: exploding synths, massive anthems, high octane beats, and carefully structured compositions. It serves as an important reminder that raves don't have to suck. And yet even with the positive reviews, Unicorn Kid remains relatively unknown outside the UK.
Hopefully that will change. We were lucky to have Unicorn Kid lay down some tracks at Newtown Radio in Brooklyn NY during the annual CMJ music festival this year in NYC. Watch as he performs "True Love Fantasy" from his excellent Tidal Rave EP on Ultra Records, along with two new songs, "Hydrate" and "Need U" from his debut LP , coming in 2013 - click here for that.
We also invited two of Unicorn Kid's closest friends and contemporaries - Dom and Pictureplane - to interview him for this unique occasion. Catch the Interview of Unicorn Kid by Dom and Pictureplane, here.
Listen to the full recording right here
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