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The hunger to prove himself devours his bones. The music streams through his veins, and the only thing that makes sense is to give into the high. Prime merges his assorted cultural makeup, stacking his Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage into a towering Jenga-like infastructure, in his work, as you’ll witness in all it’s gloriously, starry-eyed wonder on “Satellite.” His milky-way vocal is often masked behind layers of foggy synths, xylophonic trickles and spiraling black percussion, but his conviction sells the mid-tempo anthem of angst, cerebral fervor and willingness to never back down. “Shoot me down to make me stay,” he loops, configuring the puzzle pieces into a stormy, apocalyptical phase.
“I’m tryin’ to free up my mind / But all these satellites, satellites, satellites / Cloggin’ my mind,” he conjectures, the sonic shards then erupting from his tongue. While paying homage to his roots, utilizing tribal rhythms and traditional music, he pushes the boundaries of new wave, combining his trusty R&B slickness with alternative strains. On the song’s empowering message, he notes, “[This song] shows an artist’s hunger to achieve his dream and his struggles with those who disapprove or are envious.”
“Satellite” follows Prime’s debut single, “Poison,” a feverish, unrelenting club banger.
Grade: 3 out of 5
Photo Credit: Kristina Olga Lorenzo Lomboy, KOLL