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Posted by CeefaxOfLife from Cardiff - Published on 14/06/2010 at 10:33
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  • Unicorn Kid

I reckon it is BBC Radio 2’s fault. Since the mid noughties, they’ve been hiring younger DJs, going for a younger market, ensnaring listeners fed up with the inanity of BBC Radio 1.

This has led to dads listening to Arctic Monkeys and Kings Of Leon. Instead of listening to the music of their youth, they’re listening to the music of ours.

This is isn’t right. Every generation must annoy the previous with their music. You must elicit the response of “This isn’t music, it’s just noise” as often as possible.

While rave culture is now over twenty years old in this country, electronic music still offers the key. Dads cannot fully compute synthesizers as instruments, seeing them as toys, cop-outs, not like guitars, you know real instruments, playing proper music blah blah blah.

This is wear Unicorn Kid comes in. Even if your dad is an old raver, he will hate Unicorn Kid.

Unicorn Kid, or Oliver Sabin to his mum, is at the vanguard of chiptune, a rapidly expanding and slighty-nerdy micro-genre of electronic music.

If you’ve ever picked up a Gameboy, you will have heard chiptune. Think Tetris or Super Mario. Utilising sounds from old Nintendos, Commodores and Sega Megadrives (or emulators/ plug-ins which replicate the old sounds), musicians create clean, brash and highly melodic electronic music. But the best stuff sounds like the result of a Gameboy being dropped in a bath.

You might think that this sounds retrograde, nostalgic for the music of our generations childhood (Unicorn Kid is eighteen) and smeared with irony. Far from it, there’s a surprising earnestness to it. It’s also bangin’.

Recently Unicorn Kid has expanded his palette of sounds, incorporating the bass-quake of dubstep, so the dancefloors he plays to are now annihilated rather than merely destroyed.

You can witness Unicorn Kid for yourself in Barfly on the 28th June. Support comes from Zwolf and Kitty Cowell. Eight quid and you’re in.

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