The Star Prairie Project’s new album Fight or Flight trumpets the fact that the world order as we know it is teetering and crumbling before our eyes. While too many remain oblivious to this fact, there’s no denying that the human civilization is facing its gravest challenges since World War II. To make matters worse, these challenges are hitting us from all possible directions. As if we weren’t busy enough dealing with the accelerating climate change, environmental degradation, flora and fauna extinction, we’re also batting political and social discord unforeseen in many western nations … until recently. As the prices of consumer goods and gas are soaring due to the war in Ukraine, the poor become poorer and the rich become richer. It’s unintentional but we’re creating a fertile recruiting ground for street gangs and organized crime – the riot squads have never been busier.
Nolen R. Chew Jr., whose brainchild The Star Prairie Project is, describes the new twelve-song concept album like this:
The idea behind the ‘Fight or Flight’ album was to capture the chaos, confusion and anxiety of the current times. We attempted to make it powerful and intense from the first note to the last and invite the listener to strap in for a wild, bumpy and tumultuous ride. Regardless of the name of the album, the message really is: fight. The earth, or our existence, is not like a sinking ship. We can’t abandon it. If it goes down, we’ll go down with it. The orbit has no lifeboats. Our survival depends now on our response and the response has to be imminent.
The group-leader and songwriter Nolen collaborates with musicians and producers from LA to London to bring his songs to life. In addition to his contributions, Fight or Flight features the dynamic vocals of Marcello Vieira and Sandrine Orsini and the incredible guitar work of Ricardo Dikk.
A & R Factory called the group’s previous release a “triumph”. I am confident that you feel the same way about this new album. But don’t be swept away by the beauty of the music alone, take heed of what the album is declaring: looking the other way is no longer an option.
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Ki Storii shines on new single, “Shawty Lo” (ft. Cheek the Profit)
Bronx artist Ki Storii came onto our radar for her recent single, “Shawty Lo”, which features fellow Renaissance Music member Cheek the Profit of New Jersey. An electrifying, catchy single that could rattle any track or provide an apt soundtrack to any night of clubbing and partying, “Shawty Lo”‘s infectious bounce and sharply-crafted vocals demand the listener’s attention immediately. Containing raw, hard-hitting percussion, catchy key riffs, and heavy 808s, “Shawty Lo” is a powerful, and simultaneously sensual, song that provides truly engaging energy.
Talking about “Shawty Lo”, Ki Storii says, “Shawty Lo is about being the life of the party and how the guys love being around her.” This quote rings true from the opening remarks where she states “m*f*ckers out here asking for an only fans page… HA”.
Listen to “Shawty Lo” here and familiarize yourself with the rising Bronx artist:
AVX shares infectious album, ‘Highs & Lows’
New Jersey artist AVX has shared a new album called Highs & Lows. The album follows up several singles that built momentum within AVX’s fast-growing fanbase. Highs & Lows fully meets their anticipation with poignant, dynamic tracks that remain memorable. Providing examples of AVX’s songwriting skill and ear for sleek, stylish production, Highs & Lows is an exciting and emotive new offering.
Highs & Lows opens with the sharply-crafted “Manifest,” and opens the album in a focused manner with its atmospheric sound and potent message. “OMW” follows with an elegant cut of gorgeous strings contrasting neatly with a grooving, immersive rhythm section. Album highlight “DEMONS” contains ethereal vocal samples and drifting keys that make for, as clean drums knock beneath, setting the tone for AVX’s dynamic vocal performance. The album closes with the emotionally dense “DEEP END,” which vividly describes AVX’s inner world and draws the listener into it, finishing the project strongly and in a memorable fashion.
The latest from AVX, Highs & Lows, makes for a strong release with its sleek sound and smart, focused songwriting.
Listen to Highs & Lows here:
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