The Unorthodox Music Weekend Wind-Up is here, a new feature providing you a selection of tracks from this week to kick-start your weekend and keep your ears pleased during pre-drinks or house parties! We hope you enjoy our selection, stay tuned for number 2 in the future!
Two months ago we posted about Noisia and Foreign Beggars teaming up and releasing music under a new alias. That post turned out to be spot on. I Am Legion, have today premiered a video for their new track ‘Choosing for you’. I Am Legion consists of the three boys from Noisia and the British Hip-Hop / Rap duo Foreign Beggars. ‘Choosing for you’ is the second single from their collaboration. I was a fan of both these groups before they linked together, although they have both worked together in the past to create some serious tunes. I’m pumped that they are now officially working together under one name and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us! They also have a European tour coming up, more info on that when we get it!
I’m sure for most of you i don’t need to introduce Hoodie Allen. Born in 1988 in New York, Steven h Markowitz started writing lyrics as a kid and performing at house parties. After leaving college he took up a job at Google, he would work all day there and then when he arrived home, start writing lyrics, replying to fan emails and arranging gigs. His passion was music, so when he got the opportunity to start performing he left Google.
He has released a fair number of Albums and EPs since 2009, His third mixtape Leap Year hit 250k Soundcloud plays in its week of release. Come 2012 he bought out an EP titled ‘All American’ which showcased some of his best music to date. Today marks the release of Americoustic – It currently sits at #6 album on iTunes.
Huey Mack is a 19 year old rapper from Morgantown, WV. Above, his album announcement trailer for ‘Pretending Perfection’. We honestly couldn’t be more excited for this album, if it’s anything to go by his previous work then it’s going to be amazing. Below are a couple of my favorite tracks for you to check out. More info to follow next month!
Including his version of Call me maybe:
I Stumbled across this on soundcloud, this Ed Sheeran / Passanger track has always taken my eye, and this edit brings something new to the classic, turning the summer acoustic tune into a more chillaxed poolside number. The creator, Ross (Rossi Sure), a 25 year old producer from a town called Menston just outside Leeds. Also available on his soundcloud is this remix of De La Soul – Oooh with a free download. This may not be all you see of Ross on Unorthodox Music.
Avicii’s next album titled “True” is set to be released on 17th September 2013, but here at Unorthodox Music we are giving you the opportunity to preview each track from the new album. These tracks have kindly been sourced by the guys over at fistintheair, thanks to them for putting them all in one place. You can preview the tracks in the player below. We are looking forward to this album, some people have said that this is Avicii’s way of pushing the boundaries of Electronic Dance music. Recently at Ultra Music Festival he played a selection of the tracks from this new album and the crowd’s reaction was extremely mixed. A portion of his fans even went as far as booing. Personally i like what he has done on this album, and wouldn’t like to criticize him for trying something new. Afterall this is the guy who started it all with Levels!
After stumbling upon his debut album by luck, I got the pleasure of asking Nick Lyon the 24 year old rapper from New York a few questions from how he got into music to his debut album and what he has planned for the future. Check out the interview below with some interesting answers in my opinion and a big thank you to Nick Lyon for taking the time to answer the questions for me!
Q1) At what age did you start to take a interest in rapping and what was the main reason for doing so?
I started rhyming in middle school. It started as poetry and just evolved from there.
Q2 How long did your debut album Channel61 take to complete and what does the name stand for?
Channel61 took about a year to create. The title stands for The National Geographic Channel…..which here is Channel 61. Thus the lion interludes.
Q3) I notice all production is handled by a fellow NY resident DAO JONES what is the connection between you guys how did you meet or hear about each other?
Me and Dao Jones knew of each other but didn’t really know each other that well before the project. I approached him for the production and just throughout the creating process we became good friends. We ended starting another project while down in Panama City beach , Florida for spring break promoting called The RapperProblems EP, which turned into a multi-city tour.
Q4) What can we expect in the future more original music or any remixes of popular songs?
I’m already in the studio working on my next EP , and The RapperProblems EP should be dropping this fall.
You can stream or download his Album Channel61 below.
In this episode of Diplo & Friends we are joined by DJ Shadow. If you don’t know DJ Shadow, You must have been hiding under a rock! He is one of the most legendary Djs… ever. That is just my opinion but it’s an opinion shared by many. DJ shadow has been around for ages, his most well known work including “Midnight in a Perfect World” and “Six Days”. He also had music featured on the game DJ Hero which, if you haven’t tried i would recommend.