||Spitmarks On The Mirror CD (2001) |
Malay CD discography Spitmarks on the Mirror is a decently smooth and groovy ride through a stoned (the album is unabashedly pro-toke), summer state of mind. Malay's soul-influenced vocals and original pop songs are propelled along by electronic beats which benefit from the added brightness of a tabla. ~ Joslyn Layne
Audio Mixers: Malay; Kevin Armstrong; Rod Beale.
Recording information: Tropical Fish Music, London, England.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Malay; Robbie Gordon .
Personnel includes: Malay (vocals).
Personnel: Malay (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, programming); Winston Gilbert (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Greg Assing (vocals, piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Spymob (vocals, fretless bass); Spy (electric bass, background vocals); Robbie Gordon (electric bass); Pravin Bhavnani (tabla).
||Evolver CD (2008)
Malay CD discography The third full-length from John Legend finds the neo-soul singer-songwriter mixing it up a bit. Whereas its predecessor, the excellent ONCE AGAIN, stayed the course of smooth yet passionate retro-themed R&B, EVOLVER experiments with different sounds and styles. The lead single, "Green Light," with its amped-up programmed beat, synths, and cameo from Andre 3000, sounds more like a 21st-century club jam than an old-school throwback. Reggae, ballads, adult contemporary, and digitized contemporary R&B all make their way into the album's diverse musical stew. Whether it's the mellow, low-key funk of "It's Over," the synth-pop of "Satisfaction" (one can imagine the song being performed by Depeche Mode), or the guest spots from Brandy, Estelle, and Kanye West, EVOLVER keeps the listener guessing. It may not have the consistency of Legend's first two releases, but its cornucopia of interesting sounds and directions offer something for everyone.
Arrangers: Stephen Tirpak; Dave Tozer; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee; Larry Gold; Nick Ingman; Pete Murray .
Personnel: John Legend (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Estelle, Brandy (vocals, background vocals); Agape International Choir, Kanye West, André 3000 (vocals); Malay (various instruments, keyboards, programming); Mitchum Chin (guitar, keyboards); Tomi Martin, Sharief Hobley (guitar); Dave Tozer (guitars, keyboards); Tim Pierce, Trevor Horn (guitars); Joel Pargman, Lorenz Gamma, Irina Voloshina, Nina Evtuhov, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Jennie Levin, Alan Grunfeld, Neil Samples, Marc Sazer, Tamara Hatwan, Charles Parker , Julie Rogers, Robert Martin , Sid Page, Bruce Dukov, Igor Szwec, Lesa Terry, Shalini Vijayan, Neel Hammond, Emma Kummrow, Darius Campo, Olga Konopelsky, Gregory Teperman (violin); Alexandra Leem, Shawn Mann, Carole Castillo, Carolyn Riley, Kate Reddish, Piotr Jandula, Davis A. Barnett, Alma Fernandez (viola); Giovanna Clayton , Larry Corbett, Jennie Lorenzo, Cecilia Tsan, Victor Lawrence (cello); Paul Klintworth, Dana Kelley, James Thatcher, Jenny Kim (French horn); Dean Fraser, Hornz Unlimited (horns); Eugene "Man Man" Roberts (keyboards, vocoder, programming); Stephen Tirpak, Jamie Muhoberac, Shannon Sanders (keyboards); Drew Dembowski, Bruce Morgenthaler, Pete Donnelly, Sue Raney, Ann Atkinson (bass instrument); Pharrell Williams (percussion, background vocals); Luis Jardim (percussion); Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee (programming); Jessyca Wilson, Lenesha Randolph, Terrence "Scar" Smith, Christopher Breaux, Candice Anderson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; Alex Yenguen; Jean-Marie Horvat; Mike "Hitman" Wilson.