Unified Highway Unified Highway on LP
New Project from Rebelution's Eric Rachmany & Amp Live!
Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and renowned producer, DJ, and remixer Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) may possess different backgrounds, but they both travel the same creative road. Now, their paths – along with a myriad of musical genres riding shotgun – intersect in Unified Highway. The duo's self-titled debut explores this intersection via a fascinating fusion of reggae, electronic, hip-hop, alternative, and soul siphoned into unforgettable songs.
Since 2009, the duo have shared the stage on multiple tours together, and their collaboration traces back to sound checks and late night jams after shows. However, during late summer 2014, Eric invited the Los Angeles-based Amp Live to his San Francisco home in order to formally record together. For the first time, the musicians found themselves in a studio environment with no distractions and a singular focus. That initial session sparked more in Northern California as well as in Santa Barbra and Los Angeles as the album's 13 tracks solidified over the next year.
This union proved so magnetic that it attracted a myriad of collaborators and friends. The first single "Stand Proud" boasts a striking hook from Shana Halligan and thought-provoking verses courtesy of New Kingston's Tahir Panton and dancehall up-and-comer Keznamdi. Fueled by resounding percussion and horns, its lithe reggae bounce gives way to Eric's powerful delivery and lyrics. Elsewhere, "Rainy Day In Autumn" struts along on a danceable synth, percussive handclaps, a sing-able guitar solo, and one of Eric's most spirited choruses. The boys also re-interpreted R.E.M.'s classic "Losing My Religion" from a fresh perspective.