This dystopian look at what could very well be America’s next phase conjures images of a Hip-Hop version of A Clockwork Orange, 1984 or one of those dark, technologically-fueled tomorrows..." -Flawless Hustle
The world is at war. Poverty, energy crises, rampant drug use and the militarization of the system have taken over. The economy is on the verge of collaspe, pollution has spun out of control.
Welcome to 2025.
Illuminessence EYE2025* (aka Ness of A-Alikes) brings the soundtrack to our future with his first solo project, EYE2025*Chapter1.
Set in Ratner Heights, (the area formerly known as Fort Greene/Clinton Hill/Downtown Brooklyn, now owned entirely by construction mogul/re-gentrification king Bruce Ratner) EYE2025*Chapter1 is a dystopic vision of the future, a future that is rapidly approaching. Started as an idea for a screenplay, the project turned into the eerie but psychadelic sound of 2025. Blurring the lines between genres, the album twists and turns through sounds, creating a musical fusion like no other.
Coming from the revolutionary hip-hop group A-Alikes, IllumiNessence is no stranger to the game. For years he and his partner A-Black, along with the rest of the RBG/People Army family (dead prez, Divine of the Dey, Umi, Dedan, etc) have been on a mission to bring to light the world of the have-nots, and send out a call to arms to rise up, educate and build community.
EYE2025*Chapter1 is a continuation of that call. While sonically it is a new direction, experimenting with - and pushing the lines of - genres and sounds, the project is still just as critical of the powers that be and the system we live in as A-Alikes has always, and continues to be.
The miminalistic pop remix of “Digital World” is an exploration of our rapidly growing obsession with technology and resulting departure from the world around us, featuring the vocals of Brooklyn sensation Raye 6 and sampling of Australia's Empire of the Sun. The heavy electro funk of “End of the World” and “Where Do We Go” borrows music from French electro pop dance music kings Justice. “Cubicles,” an indie electro rock examination of modern living, brings a raw sound, while the ambient funk of “Solar Power” takes you on smooth ride through the idea of energy in the modern world. The Ramones, Portishead and Giorgio Moroder are just a few of the other influences on the album.
IllumiNessence is currently in the studio working on forthcoming chapters to the EYE2025* epic, co-writing the script with Director Paul Biedrzyck to an as yet untitiled futuristic poli sci-fi film that inspired the soundtrack, and putting the finishing touches on the A-Alikes next LP Us Against Them. As well, he is breaking out into graphic/visual side of things with multi media works of ART, videos, T Shirts, and more.
The project will be digitally distributed by ONErpm, (ONE Revolution People’s Music) the revolutionary digital platform whose goal is to get independent musicians and labels to the ears of the people worldwide, while maintaining artist integrity. Founder and owner Emanuel Zunz is behind the project, and it’s set to be a huge partnership.
For more information check out www.eye2025.com, or http://twitter.com/eye2025