Life Imitates Clouds

by The Mackrosoft

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“The very bridge between the forefathers – Clinton, Stone, Hancock – and something like D’Angelo”
-Straight No Chaser

The third installment of The Mackrosoft Trilogy, "Life Imitates Clouds", continues on the path set by its predecessors. Funk legends Mike Clark and Paul Jackson are back in the mix like 1976, adding their signature Headhunter’s grooves. Reggie Watts steps up to vocal duty on the opening title track. Reggie has been compared to both Marvin Gaye and Al Green, so be prepared for a forecast of funk and soul when he lets it rain. Sounding like vintage Average White Band, Alex Veley joins in on vocals for "The Lifestyle". Dynamic fender rhodes playing from Alex Veley and Darius Wilrich sparkle throughout the album. Sax prodigy The Gould Effect adds layers of Afro-Beat inspired horn lines. Toad the Wet Sprocket alum, Randy Guss, busts some sly beats while experimental trumpeter Jim Knodle blows musical butterflies into the air.

credits

released April 20, 2004

Aja West: beats, conductor, producer, composer, arranger, editor
Nairobi Smoothide: guitaritron, strap-on keyboard, devices
The Honorable Arigbaboo 5000: bass
The Dragon Rojo: piano, rhodes, clavinet
Bel Kenya M.D.: synthesizer, programs, engineer
AJ Chavez: trap kit, auxiliary percussion
Alex Veley: rhodes, clavinet, organ, synth, vocals
The Baba Ganoosh: vocals
The Cheebacabra: beat
Craig Florie: flute, bass clarinet
Daniel Gould: effect, sax, keys, bass, talking drums, mallet work
Darius Wilrich: rhodes, vocals
Flash: sidekick
Fred Wesley: Trombone
Jim Knodle: trumpet
Mike Clark: drums
Nick Allison: piano
Paul Jackon: bass
Randy Guss: drums
Reggie Watts: vocals

Produced by The Mackrosoft
Mastered by Evren Göknar
Design and illustration by Tom Manning

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The Mackrosoft Seattle, Washington

Specializing in hybrids of funk, fusion, soul, jazz and electronic music, the Mackrosoft label and artist/manager Aja West have released a steady stream of strong CD and vinyl releases since 2000. Now eighteen albums deep, Mackrosoft has received generous accolades from fans and critics alike for its intelligent music and distinctive artwork. ... more

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