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The Mackrosoft - Upgrade

The Mackrosoft Upgrade
The Mackrosoft - Upgrade
(CD) Mackrosoft Records MS0014, 2009

The Mackrosoft Upgrade
The Mackrosoft - Upgrade
(CD) Mackrosoft Records MS0014, 2009

Tracklisting :
01. Southern Smile 5:22
02. Give Me Water! 9:12
03. 96=96 6:54
04. Upgrade 8:57
05. The Bison 11:56
06. Angiogenesis 10:30
07. Dinner With Mr. Undo 11:44
08. The Guyver 6:17

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Band Members :
Aja West : Rhodes Electric Piano, Clavinet, Moog Voyager, Moog Opus 3, ARP String Ensemble, Guitaret, Congas, Bongos, Shakers, Triangle, Wood Blocks, Auxiliary Percussion, 808 Kicks, Chimes, Bells, Whistles
Hans Teuber : Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
John Wicks : Drums
Dylan Cooper : Upright Bass
Money Mark : Keyboards
Steve Black : Guitar
Steve Moore : Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Trombone
Dave Carter : Trumpet
Joe Doria : Organ
additional players :
Ryan Smith : Organ (05)
Cheeba : Melodica (03, 07)

All songs composed by Aja West and The Mackrosoft
Produced, engineered and mixed by Aja West in Los Angeles, Seattle and Amsterdam
All compositions published by The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me (BMI)
Art : Aja West
Design : Tom Manning
Mastering : Mike Bozzi

Biography :
Mackrosoft was founded in the year 2000 as an independent record label and multimedia entertainment company. Specializing in hybrids of funk, fusion, soul, jazz and electronic music, the label has received generous accolades from fans and critics alike. Unique artwork, intelligent music and a continuous stream of strong CD and Vinyl releases have flowed since Mackrosoft's inception. Below is a sampling of reviews of Mackrosoft releases:
“The Mackrosoft crew (brothers Cheeba and Aja West) have thus far sailed under the funk radar, but their mythic notoriety will soon become ubiquitous. Like Disney's Electrical Parade on acid.” - Wax Poetics
"The very bridge between the forefathers - Clinton, Stone, Hancock - and something like D'Angelo." - Straight No Chaser
Perfect… a classic 70s keyboard approach to funk! - Dusty Groove
“On an epic project, 27 musicians unite to drop a funky, winding tale of musical freedom. Hip-hop edges frame jazz, house and disco-soul as organic instruments mingle with digital manipulators in a seductive dance. Composer and executive producer Aja West has mad chops!” - URB Magazine
"Minimal drum beats and deconstructed bass lines. Immediate underground funk!" - XLR8R
"The slick, fluid instrumental jams here reside in that juicy, bubble-butted zone between the porn-flick score and the blaxploitation-film soundtrack." - The Stranger

Discography :
Aja West - White Moses (K7, 1998)
Aja West - Trauma...Life In The E.R. (CD, 1999)
The Dust Brothers - Hit Me Again (Cheeba & Mackrosoft Remix) ("Fight Club" Soundtrack CD-single, 2000)
The Mackrosoft (5 cartoons produced for Jerry Bruckheimer & Oliver Stone's now defunct, 2001)
The Mackrosoft - Straight Outta Rompton (music from the cartoon series CD/LP, 2003)
The Mackrosoft - 1st Mack to the Moon (CD/LP, 2003)
The Mackrosoft - Journey to Vaginus (CD/LP, 2003)
The Mackrosoft - Life Imitates Clouds (CD/LP, 2003)
The Cheebacabra - Metamorphosis (CD/LP, 2004) [**]
The Mackrosoft - The Dawning of the Aja Aquarius (CD, 2004)
Aja West and Cheeba - Flash and Snowball (CD, 2005)
The Mackrosoft - Antonio's Giraffe (CD, 2005) [**]
Aj Chavez - Music To Mack By (CD, 2005)
The Cheebacabra - Exile In The Woods (CD, 2006) [**]
The Mackrosoft - The Olympian (CD, 2006)
Hans & Erik Gustav - The Sensuous Man (12 inch, 2007)
Aja West & Friends - Total Recall 2012 (CD, 2007)
The Mackrosoft - Upgrade (CD, 2008) [**]
The Mackrosoft - Shirts & Skins (CD, 2008) [**]
The Mackrosoft - The Roots of Underground Fusion (tbc)
The Mackrosoft Aja West - Self-Evolving Mechanized Elves (tbc)

[ ** = my 5 favorite Mackrosoft recordings !! ]


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Dirty Jeff Dirty Jeff ·  10 October 2008, 01:14

I have been fortunate enough to hear this album already and let me say that The Mackrosoft do not disappoint. Their journeys into experimental, uncharted territory grab you by the short and curlys and will not let go, as if that's what you'd want anyhow. Don't get the wrong idea now- all of this exploration starts out in the definitely noticeable roots of mid 70's fusion and extrapolates in fast forward to the future, so one can simply enjoy the ride and not feel lost along the way. Especially strong tracks are Upgrade and Angiogenesis, but if you simply slide it in and let it ride the experience is much better in its completeness. Enjoy as soon as possible.

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