The Olympian

by Aja West

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"The best work yet from Mackrosoft modern funk maestro Aja West -- a deft mix of both live vampy funk and turntables-and-breakbeats styles -- a record that features a tight core group of players and exemplary work by keyboard wizard Money Mark! The Olympian has a richer vibe than we were expecting -- with lots of live drums, synths, percussion, strings, horns and other elements blended into a really atmospheric, straight up fun vocals by Aja."
-Dusty Groove

Aja West is best known as the composer and producer behind the funk/hip-hop/jazz super group, The Mackrosoft. "The Olympian" finds Aja West bearing his blue soul in this atlas of the hustling game. Pimping, psychedelics, drowning, redemption and girl's soccer are the subjects stirring in these waters of hybrid funk. Aja West has been called "the Captain Beefheart of hip-hop" (All Music Guide) for his creative use of auto tuned vocals and his tremendously wide and strange vocal range. Minimalist drum beats and deconstructed bass lines mix with a full choir of backup singers, call and responding to Aja West's roughneck falsetto. As with every Mackrosoft release, prestigious guests like Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and Reggie Watts (Maktub/Soulive) join the groove to great effect. "The Olympian" let's you slide deep in the groove sounding like an omelet of "Off the Wall" era Michael Jackson, Oukast, Talking Heads, and Frank Zappa.

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released January 15, 2007

Aja West: vocals, bass, guitar
The Honorable: bass, bass synth
Nairobi Smoothide: drums, guitar
Bel Kenya M.D.: piano, synthesizer
Money Mark: keyboard, organ
Anne Montone: background vocals
Ted Robledo: electric guitar
Gould Effect: sax
AJ Chavez: percussion
Kamilah Martin: background vocals
Mark Jackson: background vocals
The Baba Ganoosh: violin
Tim Campbell: turntable
Aaron Case: guitar
Gabe Cyr: guitar
Tom Manning: background vocal chorus
Ryan Habegger: trumpet
Reggie Watts: background vocals
Rich Lambert: drums

Produced, recorded, written and engineered by Aja West
Mastered by Evren Göknar
Art and design 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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