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The Funky Side of Life


Download links and information about The Funky Side of Life by Sound Directions. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Funk genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 33:00 minutes.

Artist: Sound Directions
Release date: 2005
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Funk
Tracks: 11
Duration: 33:00
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No. Title Length
1. Directions 1:07
2. Dice Game 3:48
3. Wanda Vidal 2:17
4. Fourty Days 5:08
5. Play Car (Featuring Madlib) (featuring Madlib) 3:19
6. A Divine Image 2:19
7. The Funky Side of Life (Featuring Malcolm Catto) (featuring Malcolm Catto) 2:59
8. Theme for Ivory Black 3:33
9. The Horse 2:49
10. One for J.J. (Johnson) 2:23
11. On the Hill 3:18



Madlib's Sound Directions project follows in the footsteps of Yesterdays New Quintet by presenting a small group of jazz players (most, if not all of them, Otis Jackson himself) loosely playing a down-home and funky brand of jazz music perfectly suited for a hip lounge. The Funky Side of Life is heavy on the covers — not standards — and that makes a big difference. (Jackson usually just needs a good riff to cover his vamping style of keyboards, and this roster of tracks services his needs perfectly.) The first non-original comes straight out of left field; "Wanda Vidal," originally by the extraordinarily gifted Brazilian Marcos Valle, is the perfect type of light and loungey tune that Jackson can run rings around. The rest are nearly as obscure, including Billy Brooks' "Forty Days" (although A Tribe Called Quest fans will recognize the hook), Oliver Sain's "On the Hill," David Axelrod's "A Divine Image" (with excellent ARP and Hammond work here), and the only famous cover, Cliff Nobles' instrumental hit "The Horse." The lo-fi lurch of nearly all Madlib's work is in effect here, and besides the rather anonymous atmosphere of the recording, it's an enjoyable piece of latter-day jazz-funk by rap's most visionary music-maker.