Track listing: This Circus, Home, Searching, Diggin' (Crate Digger's Anthem), Morning Coffee, Social Distancing (Feat. Cee Knowledge), Where Do We Go?, Freedom, Millions Of Militants (Feat. Mike Colossal), Subliminal (Feat. J.Smo, AlphiyOda1 & Mike Colossal), Reflections
Mr. P Chill started writing his 14th album in mid-2019 as a journey through his own emotions: the loss of his mother, the life of a middle age touring musician.
Then 20 muthafuckin' 20 happened...
COVID-19, the swell of publicity and activism surrounding our country's racial divide and ongoing injustice, and a narcissistic president who reveled in fanning the flames of it all.
Over that timespan, the album originally intended to be L.I.F.E. - Love In Full Effect transformed into an album of anger and concern for our nation, evolving into Living In Fragile Environments. What we're listening to, then, is a record that covers it all.
You've got "Diggin' (Crate Digger's Anthem)" which is just that--an homage to the craft of discovering the best tracks for the next album. It's a love, a hobby, a skill, and maybe even a bit of an addiction, all rolled into one. But you can feel the love described between record owner and vinyl enthusiast. It's a symbiotic relationship built on mutual respect and a love of music.
"Morning Coffee" seems to be a pre-pandemic tune that examines the questions we all have as we hang at home and witness what's happening around the world. And is that a sample of Mr P Chill's actual cat?
Then you've got the harder hitters. "Social Distancing (Feat. Cee Knowledge)" is frightening in its reality; a reminder of what we all felt as Spring 2020 melted into 'Blursday,' that impossibly fast-passing of Summer/Fall/Winter 2020. Filled with snippets from the news and reminders of the first time we all learned that "normal" was gone.
Mr. P Chill doesn't face L.I.F.E. alone, though. The album features Cee Knowledge, Mike Colossal, J.Smo, AlphiyOda1 & Mike Colossal. It doesn't necessarily take a village to make a record, but Mr P Chill has been about collaboration and strengthening his musical family, whether it be in the studio or planning his next tour.
L.I.F.E. - Living In Fragile Environments dropped on January 29th. It's available on all digital platforms, CD and vinyl, as well as on mrpchillmusic.com. Check his site for details--there are a couple cool 7" vinyls available along with his own MicStar logo on masks, 45 adapters, and more. You can also listen to the album now on Spotify and Bandcamp.